Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

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…)