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Holiday Harmony with Difficult People

  • December 10, 2019
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. If you are expecting holiday harmony, you may have to think twice. The family gathering just may not turn out like the Norman Rockwell images of perfect family bliss. Instead, as a Thanksgiving-day op-ed in the New York Times put it, “Make Room at the Table for Difficult People.” Grumble, […]

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The Power of Humility

  • November 08, 2019
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. “Humility Is Something to Boast About.” That was the headline on a recent article in the print edition of The New York Times.  Benedict Carey reports on a recent review of studies of people with a personality trait characterized by an ability to perceive one’s own flaws and strengths, and […]

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Personality and Power

  • October 18, 2019
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. Personality influences behavior. No doubt about it, certainly for someone in my field.  So information about someone’s personality should help make sense of how–and how successfully–that person acts at school, in the workplace, at home, in social relationships, and in the world of politics. The New York Times recently reported […]

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A Balanced View of  Self-Confidence

                      BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD If you score really low on Self-Confident style on The New Personality Self-Portrait does that mean you are  woefully lacking in self-confidence?  What about a really high score?  Does that make you an over-the-top braggart? Well, maybe…or, more likely, […]

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The Personality Style–Personality Disorder Continuum

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD What’s the difference between a personality style and a personality disorder?   The Personality Self-Portrait system emerged in answer to that question. First things first: Organized medicine utilizes official terms to diagnose illness.  In psychiatry, these are itemized in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  […]

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Scammers and Schemers

  Pretty frequently these days there is a big news story about the latest con artist who seemed to have pulled off an amazing scam until the glittering house of cards collapsed. Bernie Madoff comes to mind, referred to in Wikipedia as “the confessed operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the […]

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The Hubris Syndrome

  • February 11, 2019
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

John Oldham M.D. What do George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman have in common aside from being past presidents? All developed a psychological condition called the hubris syndrome while in office, says Lord David Owen, a peer in the U.K.’s House of Lords and a physician-author of several remarkable books, including In Sickness […]

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