Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

How My Prayer For a Gun Found an Invitation to Jesus

February 26, 2018

Tags: gun, Jesus

Once, while driving at night along a lonely, poorly lighted road in Mid-America, my car got caught on the divider as I made a turn. I left the car and stood staring, wondering what to do for this was before the era of cellphones.
A car containing four huge guys stopped opposite me. As (more…)

When Leaders with a Healthy Obsessive Personality Become Destructive

February 22, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Though people with severe obsessive-compulsive traits, having a diagnosable disorder, can hinder an organization's operation, these basic characteristics of orderliness, precision, and properly delegating authority, are beneficial in a milder form. Some very successful managers have obsessive-compulsive natures.

Danger arises when the leader has an excessive need for order and control since these demands (more…)

Organizational Deterioration Under the Schizoid Manager

February 20, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Organizational authority is granted a manager because of its needs. To accomplish tasks which it can achieve using the leader's skills and experience. And, recognizing this logic, employees submit to the manager's authority. But during stressful times, a leader's pathological characteristics can emerge such as the schizoid feature of isolation.

Now, the leader isolates (more…)

A Murder Threat Against President Reagan

February 16, 2018

Tags: Reagan, President

Once, at a Long Island community hospital, a co-worker/psychiatrist revealed his anxiety: a hospitalized patient had made murder threats against President Reagan. The in-patient unit was only for short-term treatment, the patient must soon be released, and the doctor didn’t know what to do. “Call the Secret Service,” I advised. He did, (more…)