Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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

On The Kavanaugh Hearing, Memory, and Adolescent Development

September 30, 2018

Tags: Kavanaugh, memory, sexual abuse, adolescence

While concerned with some political issues, I try to ignore the froth. I have several times recommended (without effect) that it would benefit psychologists if our professional organization moved its headquarters to a less insular setting than Washington, D.C. Despite this, I was captivated by the Kavanaugh Hearing for it raised questions in (more…)

Explaining the Fear of Flying and other Phobias

September 22, 2018

Tags: fear, phobia

Though varying in type and severity, fears (phobias) are a universal human condition. They are how the unconscious mind enables a too-stressed person to function. Their stress is caused by a psychological conflict or feared insight which disturbs the person's ability to function normally on the job or at home or in school.

For (more…)

Why Do Patients Lie to Their Therapist?

September 17, 2018

Tags: psychotherapy, lying

A prevalent belief is that a patient always tells the truth to their therapist but this isn't true.
1. A woman was referred by her internist to a psychologist for "counseling," the unspoken motive being that she was a continuing, troublesome presence in the doctor's office. That the patient was seriously ill was obvious (more…)

Six Basic Rules for the Newbie Public Speaker and TV Guest

September 8, 2018

Tags: public speaking, tv

1. Over-practice your talking points. This will reduce the likelihood of you being tripped up when facing an unexpected question. If not on-the-air (before a live audience) and you're unsure what to respond, turn the question back to the audience by asking, "What do you think?"
2. Don't have long pauses before answering a question. Nothing (more…)