Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

Failure and Success in the Psychotherapy of Autistic Children

June 27, 2016

Tags: psychotherapy, autistic, autism

The aloofness noted in autistic children often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when their therapist considers it a given, something amenable only to simplistic reward/punishment behavior modification techniques. But the autistic child does have relationships though these are inadequate and require nurturing through play therapy.
No special techniques are required since the basic (more…)

Psychotherapists Who Will Likely Fail in Their Treatment of Soldiers Suffering From PTSD

June 24, 2016

Tags: PTSD, soldier, military, psychotherapist

1. Therapists possess varying society derived attitudes toward the military ranging from gratitude and respect to abhorrence and scorn. Those therapists holding the latter views would be unsuccessful.
2. Therapists who believe that veterans seeking treatment for PTSD do so primarily to gain compensation.
3. Therapists who hold the view that soldiers, rather than being patriotic, are blood-lusting savages who relish war (more…)

Does America in 2016 Resemble Japan in 1941? You Decide.

June 20, 2016

Tags: Japan, America, Hotta

A highly acclaimed book by Eri Hotta, “Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy,” (Vintage, 2013) describes the complex nature of Japan's decision making immediately before World War II. Their politicians and military leaders knew little of the outside world and had no coherent political strategy. They thought in terms of personal advantage rather than the nation’s prosperity.
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What the Deadly Disorder, Anorexia, Really Reflects

June 13, 2016

Tags: anorexia

One crucial task of early childhood is for a child to develop a secure sense of who they are or, as psychologists call it, a sense of self. This ordinarily occurs naturally through a child’s continuing interactions with their parents. But if these were inadequate, the child’s poorly developed (more…)

Reasons Why Soldiers Can Grow to Love War

June 9, 2016

Tags: war, soldier, PTSD, battle

1. It is a time of great intensity when feelings are heightened and life takes on new meaning.
2. During wartime, sports terminology such as “winning” and “losing” are used, battle thus being experienced as a game.
3. War allows soldiers great freedom to behave without fear of punishment, even to engage in acts which are ordinarily (more…)