Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

The Creation of Advancing Technology and Art

May 26, 2015

Tags: technology, book, author, writer, creativity, Google, art

While producing advancing technology and art both demand creativity, they differ greatly. The conceptual creation of a Google-type enterprise requires a broad, expert knowledge of technology, including its current use in society, and its products advance societal development. But the motivation for artistic creation is to partially resolve the author's emotional (more…)

President Obama's Proposal of Free E-books Reflects Naive Psychology

May 25, 2015

Tags: Obama, E-books, children, reading, education, pre-school, learning, parenting

President Obama's proposal to provide free E-books reflects naive psychology since there are already free books available through school and local libraries. What is needed is for parents to read to toddlers and to speak with rather than to their children (i.e., explain why something shouldn't be done rather than saying, "Do (more…)

The Illogic of Diagnosing Youth with Bipolar Disorder

May 8, 2015

Tags: BPD, Bipolar Disorder, children

It is both clinically and logically incorrect to diagnose a child or teenager as suffering from Bipolar Disorder since this diagnosis is classified as a personality disorder and requires an adult mental structure which youth, by definition, do not possess.

ADHD and ADD Explained Briefly

May 8, 2015


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms are identical to those of anxiety and depression and have a long history, having been asserted to "mental restlessness" in the eighteenth century and Minimal Brain Dysfunction (MBD) in the early twentieth century. These terms are descriptions of behavior, and to believe that they (more…)

Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder Explained Briefly

May 8, 2015

Tags: PTSD, military

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms reflect the mind's healthy attempt to heal itself, to re-integrate and, in this way, to regain the adequacy of functioning that it possessed before experiencing unbearable stress. PTSD also reflects that the mind has limited capacities.

Teachers' Responsibility For Students' Academic Success

May 8, 2015

Tags: children, teacher, school, education

The problem with holding ‪teachers‬ largely responsible for their ‪student‬s' learning is that many learning difficulties derive from emotional and family issues that are uncontrolled by the teacher. Teachers teach--with greater or lesser knowledge and creativity--and can be a catalyst for a child's learning but they do not control most elements of a (more…)

The Cheapest, Most Effective Pre-School Education

May 8, 2015

Tags: children, school, pre-school, education

While no one can dispute the value of most education, the cheapest and most effective early intervention “program” would be for parents to read to their children from 2 years of age onward, and to speak with rather than to them (as by explaining why something should be done rather than merely saying, “do it (more…)

Stage Fright

May 8, 2015

Tags: acting, stage fright, psychology

It has long been stated that the greatest fear is of public speaking: having to appear before an audience and "deliver." I can still remember my terror when speaking before a high school school class and likely most have shared this experience.

In later years, when public speaking became important in my career, I learned (more…)

Confused Child/Disabled Adult

May 8, 2015

Tags: ADD, AD/HD, amphetamine, Adderall, children

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) have been widely used terms to diagnose children's problematic behavior for the past fifty years though the particular symptoms that they comprise have been noted for two hundred years ("mental restlessness").

Fifty years ago the symptoms were believed to reflect MBD (Minimal Brain Dysfunction). Yet rather (more…)

Why A Financial Journalist Should Resist Giving Parenting Advice

May 8, 2015

Tags: parenting, children, The Wall Street Journal, discipline, parents

Several years ago The Wall Street Journal published an article by a financial columnist on how to discipline children, using his experience with his teenage son as an example.

Basically, his advice was to take away something which the child likes but not something which would impact their future ( (more…)

After a Relationship Ends

May 8, 2015

Tags: relationship, psychology, marriage, divorce

People instinctively know, despite how they might then feel, that their life is not over when a relationship ends: that the abused wife can move on, and the battered teenager can find a better home.

Or two sisters may relate pathologically, being hatefully tied to each other with their love being overlain by envy or (more…)

Deception and Self-Deception in War and Life

May 8, 2015

Tags: deception, self-deception, psychology, war

During World War I, the British General Sir Douglas Haig presided over the greatest slaughter of that country's armed forces in history. Virtually every family had a member who was killed or wounded and the grief nearly led to revolution. There were over a million dead, a half-million missing, and two million wounded. This (more…)

Child Abuse in America

May 8, 2015

Tags: child abuse, SPCC, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

It's a popular belief that Americans always cared about the welfare of their children but this is not true. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established in 1874 after the widespread publicity given to a horrendous case, that of a ten year old Mary Ellen.

She had been severely (more…)

Excessive Video Game Play By Teenagers

May 8, 2015

Tags: video game, computer game, teenager, adolescent, psychology, child development, parenting

On a bulletin board on Amazon.com, a mother spoke of her distress at the excessive video game play by her teenager. This was his major interest and interfered with his school performance and family life. So intense was his involvement with these games that he would become enraged when his parents attempted (more…)

Psychotherapy and Artistic Creativity

May 8, 2015

Tags: psychotherapy, creativity, Edvard Munch, writer's block

While psychotherapy remains the best hope for those who experienced emotionally destructive childhoods it is not the only avenue toward health. Artists often use their creative ability to express their conflicts and relieve their feelings. The writer's block, of which so many writers complain, can indicate the presence of a creative blockage caused by (more…)

The Fallacy of the "Healthy Troubled" Adolescent

May 8, 2015

Tags: adolescent, adolescence, psychology, psychiatry

Parents and others often consider adolescence to normally be a period of strife. They believe that all teenagers have personal difficulties and will behave in odd, inexplicable ways but this is false.

The normal teenager has no greater difficulty coping with the tasks of adolescence than they did with the demands of earlier developmental periods. Then it (more…)

Psychological Development, Schools, and Poverty

May 8, 2015

Tags: psychology, psychological development, education, poverty

Schools are often blamed for their students' downward economic mobility based on the conclusion that had the children learned more they would, in adulthood, be employed at skilled, higher paid jobs. But even in the least effective school, some children do excel. As I once described a school system (more…)