Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

When Is A "Sexual Assault" a "Sexual Assault"?

August 27, 2018

Tags: sexual assault

Like all who read the news, I was shocked to learn that a former head of the Center for Disease Control, an eminent public servant, had been charged with sexual assault in New York City. What equally surprised me were the details as reported.

The doctor had allegedly squeezed the buttocks of a woman (more…)

What Made a Brilliant, Decorated Soldier Go Off the Rails?

August 26, 2018

Tags: Winner, NSA, psychological testing

I can't help wondering what made Reality Winner, the NSA leaker & former highly decorated soldier and brilliant linguist, go off the rails. Projective psychological testing (Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test) might give the answer but I doubt this was done. Being a loner and quirky (as described in the news article) doesn't add up to (more…)

Explaining Clinical Depression Briefly

August 15, 2018

Tags: mental illness, psychotropic drugs

Depression is the "depressing" of feelings and reflects: (1) conflict about an issue, the person being torn between choices; or (2)having been unable to reach their parents emotionally when young and later tending to give up on important goals, believing they will fail again; or (3) the sense of having deep problems; or (4) a combination of (more…)

Reflections on the White House Firing or When to Fire Yourself

August 13, 2018

Tags: White House, employment, workplace, job

After experiencing several highly stressful jobs, I came to an important conclusion: That while choosing the right job is important, it's even more important to know when to leave it. My suggestions follow.

Quit your job, if you have the economic freedom to do so, of course:

(1) When the political infighting has become intolerable. (more…)