Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

Legal: Attacking Expert Witness Testimony in Court

June 18, 2018

Tags: legal, court, expert witness, expert testimony

Lacking clinical knowledge, it's not easy for a lawyer to attack expert witness testimony in court. Following is what can happen when a lawyer tries to "wing it." I described the psychological tests that I used to evaluate the defendant, One, the Thematic Apperception Test which was developed at Harvard University in the 1930s, (more…)

Postpartum Depression in Fathers

May 29, 2018

Tags: postpartum depression, pregnancy, mother, father, depression

Postpartum depression is a term which has usually been applied to mothers. And who can wonder at this for, after the birth of her child, the motherís life irrevocably changes. Her first priority must now be the welfare of her child who is wholly dependent upon her for its continued existence.

But a (more…)

Overcoming Disability

May 22, 2018

Tags: Tom Wolfe, Stanley Falkow, disability

Tom Wolfe changed both journalism and literature despite suffering with painful scoliosis and a spinal injury which required a walking stick. Stanley Falkow, a world-famous bacteriologist, suffered with panic attacks which confined him to his home and lab. He overcame them through will-power, by forcing himself to take long-distance flights.

I found it interesting (more…)

Distressed Mothers

May 16, 2018

Tags: child, mother, ill child

Being a parent is never easy but it's particularly difficult when your child is ill.
Not with the commonplace cold or pinkeye which every child gets, but with a chronic
medical condition which requires continual monitoring and intervention.

A Norwegian study revealed the effect which having a child with a
congenital heart defect has (more…)

Is Pepper Spraying a Child Ever Acceptable?

May 9, 2018

Tags: child, police, pepper spray

A news article once described an eight-year-old, second grade Colorado boy who was pepper sprayed by the police after he tore a sharp piece of wood from the wall and then tried to stab teachers with it. The ensuing debate revolved about whether the police had behaved judiciously. Was it ever right to pepper (more…)

The Problem That Children Suffering With Cancer Have With Friendships

May 7, 2018

Tags: children, cancer, friendships

The Problem That Children Suffering With Cancer Have With Friendships

Experiencing cancer is difficult at any age but is particularly difficult for children. So much of how children relate depends on appearance, that a potential friend seems like them, and some medical treatments impact how one looks. Even to the degree that a child (more…)

Is Your Child Autistic Like a World Renowned Physicist Was "Schizophrenic"?

April 30, 2018

Tags: autism, mental health, children

Newspaper and other reports often indicate high rates of autism among children. One, in South Korea, asserted a huge rate of one in thirty-eight, it also including some "highly functioning children."
These provoke understandable alarm for autism is probably the most devastating of all the mental health disorders. It cripples childhood and later adult (more…)

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…)