Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

The Most Difficult Factor in Treating Children in Psychotherapy

June 26, 2018

Tags: children, psychotherapy

Almost paradoxically, what can be most difficult in treating a child is not the child but their parents' resistance to their treatment which derives from misconceptions: that long-term problems can be eliminated quickly; that the therapist will try to control their lives; or simple jealousy, as when the child values their therapist, or a (more…)

How to Survive a Terrible Boss

June 25, 2018

Tags: workplace, terrible boss

I once knew a young woman ("Ellen") who, while attending college, worked as a secretary for a media company. This was back in those days when all executives had an assistant. Her boss was the archetype of a terrible boss, screaming so often that no one could tolerate working with him for long. But (more…)

Legal: Attacking Expert Witness Testimony in Court

June 18, 2018

Tags: legal, court, expert witness, expert testimony

Lacking clinical knowledge, it's not easy for a lawyer to attack expert witness testimony in court. Following is what can happen when a lawyer tries to "wing it." I described the psychological tests that I used to evaluate the defendant, One, the Thematic Apperception Test which was developed at Harvard University in the 1930s, (more…)