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Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island) and BPD

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Yes, people with personality disorders can and do make it big, even while suffering deeply. But they don’t always recognize that they can be their own worst enemy. When they’re feeling miserable, they may think it’s because other people are being unreasonable and don’t understand them. They may not […]

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Greatest Baseball Personalities

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD I’m more a fan of baseball personalities than I am of baseball.  And in this pandemic-delayed season, I’ve had plenty of time to indulge my favorite pastime, mapping personality styles. A short while ago on this blog site, I displayed the actual Personality Self-Portrait of the late catcher and morning […]

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Podcast: Dr. Oldham Talks About Personality Disorders and Styles

What is a personality disorder? What’s a personality type or style?  How can you tell the difference?   What can you do about personality patterns that are causing you–or your colleagues, family, friends–a lot of grief and discomfort? Listen to Dr. John Oldham’s  wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Bridget Nash on TherapyShow.com.

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A Baseball Personality

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. It’s now the spring baseball season, but we’re in an upside-down world in which it’s hard to imagine sitting in a crowded stadium.  Anyway, so far we don’t have a choice, since the season is postponed and the stadiums are closed.  But in the spirit of the season, I […]

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Finding Mental Balance During the Pandemic

  • April 07, 2020
  • Coping
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM,  M.D.   The defensive cloak of denial works only so long. COVID-19, we wanted to believe, was over there. For as long as we could, we refused to see that this ruthless pandemic could take over our country, our town, our street. But no more. Now we know the savage nature […]

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Fit to Be King?

  • February 12, 2020
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. Consider the case of Prince William vs. Prince Harry:   Do you need a princely temperament to wear the royal crown? “This isn’t a power struggle,” acknowledges Sam Walker, The Wall Street Journal leadership columnist.   “William is the heir by birth and Harry, sixth in line to the throne, has no […]

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Do You Know How to Listen?

  • January 21, 2020
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD How to be a good leader: Learn by listening. That struck me as the main message of a small book sent to department chairs throughout the country some time ago by the American Association of Medical Schools. I’ve tried to do just that throughout my career, sometimes more successfully than […]

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