Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety

November 28, 2016

Tags: fear, anxiety

Like conjoined twins, it can be hard to emotionally separate fear from anxiety though they differ. Fear is the suspicion of danger, whether actual or merely imagined. Anxiety is the resultant physical experience with symptoms that can mimic virtually any medical disorder: increased heart rate, dry mouth, loss of appetite, and/or pain in (more…)

Workplace: The Pathologically Obsessive Boss

November 20, 2016

Tags: workplace, management

Obsessive CEOís are common since their orderliness and control foster authority and clear decision making. But an excessive need for order can strengthen bureaucratic elements, foster decision-making based on rules rather than staff creativity and autonomy. And while having clear, followed rules can protect against corporate political struggle, it (more…)

PTSD and Soldier Panic

November 15, 2016

Tags: PTSD, soldier, military, panic

The experience of panic, which often occurs in PTSD sufferers, is the feeling of confronting overwhelming danger even if none exists. The prototype for this is the infantís state of helplessness when intense anxiety is experienced over which they have no control.
During development, the child learns to use their anxiety in a (more…)