Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

The Cause of Mental Health Difficulties

April 19, 2018

Tags: mental health

Today, professions battle to be considered relevant in the public financing landscape.Thus, schools seek fancy technology for their problematic students and clinics promulgate quickie solutions and electrical gadgets that a witch doctor would admire. Sadly, these ignore The Elephant In The Room: that the mind is complex, the unconscious is powerful, and good (more…)

The Emotionally Cold Leader

April 2, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

While some emotional isolation can help a leader, serving to protect them from involvement in unhealthy regressive employee practices, it can damage too. If too great, it frustrates the normal dependency needs of their staff though the warmth of managers can compensate for this.

In these businesses, it may seem as if no one (more…)

The Murdered VA Psychologists's Killer:

March 11, 2018

Tags: VA, psychologist

With more information becoming known, I can't help thinking that the killer's behavior had little to do with his Army service and much with his childhood experiences and personality. His mother was a drug addict and he suffered many foster family placements. He had long been impulsive, having once thrown a foster brother down (more…)

The Murdered California Psychologists

March 10, 2018

Tags: murder, California, psychologist

These killings reminded me of the past killing of the New York City psychologist (Fahey) by a colleague's patient. The psychiatrist had seen him briefly, seventeen years before. Now, the patient brought a hatchet, intending to kidnap the psychiatrist, hold him for ransom, and get his mother out of a nursing home. Fahey heard (more…)

How My Prayer For a Gun Found an Invitation to Jesus

February 26, 2018

Tags: gun, Jesus

Once, while driving at night along a lonely, poorly lighted road in Mid-America, my car got caught on the divider as I made a turn. I left the car and stood staring, wondering what to do for this was before the era of cellphones.
A car containing four huge guys stopped opposite me. As (more…)

When Leaders with a Healthy Obsessive Personality Become Destructive

February 22, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Though people with severe obsessive-compulsive traits, having a diagnosable disorder, can hinder an organization's operation, these basic characteristics of orderliness, precision, and properly delegating authority, are beneficial in a milder form. Some very successful managers have obsessive-compulsive natures.

Danger arises when the leader has an excessive need for order and control since these demands (more…)

Organizational Deterioration Under the Schizoid Manager

February 20, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Organizational authority is granted a manager because of its needs. To accomplish tasks which it can achieve using the leader's skills and experience. And, recognizing this logic, employees submit to the manager's authority. But during stressful times, a leader's pathological characteristics can emerge such as the schizoid feature of isolation.

Now, the leader isolates (more…)

A Murder Threat Against President Reagan

February 16, 2018

Tags: Reagan, President

Once, at a Long Island community hospital, a co-worker/psychiatrist revealed his anxiety: a hospitalized patient had made murder threats against President Reagan. The in-patient unit was only for short-term treatment, the patient must soon be released, and the doctor didn’t know what to do. “Call the Secret Service,” I advised. He did, (more…)

Why Movies and TV Series Like "24" Are So Emotionally Gripping

January 28, 2018

Tags: movie, TV, horror

Though loving the long-running TV series "24," I've often found it too painful to view. So greatly that I stopped watching long before its concluding episode. Considering why, I concluded that some script elements of 24 reawaken unconscious childhood fears. "24" portrays a toddler's world: one of great, continuing danger; one where "betrayal" is constant, in the (more…)

Psychiatrists’ Families Aren’t Healthier Than President Trump’s!

January 6, 2018

Tags: Trump, children, politics, parenting

In a well-received book some years ago, a psychiatrist described his mother’s naked body being used as a card-playing table by his father and cronies. In a paper by a psychoanalyst-psychiatrist (Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, “The Sad Soul of the Psychiatrist,” early 1970s), it was stated that clinicians who treat children do (more…)