FORBES Leadership Blog

I write twice a month for Forbes online on the psychology underlying critical business decisions, transitions, strategy and business relationships.  My goal is to provide readers with uncommon insights to help them be  better leaders and  find great people to work with. Please check out the blog on the Forbes website and follow me!



OP-Ed:  “Is Trump Mentally Fit to Be President?  Let’s Consult the Army’s Field Manual”.  LA Times, June 18, 2017.

Letter to the Editor, “What is it about 20-something’s?”, New York Times Magazine, 9/5/10

Letter to the Editor, “Mind over Meds”, New York Times, 4/25/10

Letter to the Editor,  “Mental Health Care is Essential for our Iraq Veterans”, New York Times, 1/21/08



Facilitator,Snap Learning Session on “Conversations,” Family Firm Institute Global Conference Chicago, October 25-28, 2017

Expert Panelist, AMA Physician’s Innovation Network Virtual Panel: “Giving Physicians a Seat at the Health Care Innovation Table”.  October 2-19, 2017.

Perdue Northwest Friday University. “Objectivity, Analysis and Discernment in the Age of Trump” with political scientist Richard Rupp and communications scholar Lisa Goodnight. October 13, 2017.


Talk Like a Girl Podcast:  Is POTUS Crazy? Who Can Say? October 8, 2017.

I joined a conversation  about the Goldwater Rule which addresses psychiatrists’ making comments about public figures on CNN’s Smerconish, July 29, 2017.

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.  July 5, 2017. 25th Amendment: Is Donald Trump Fit To Serve? | The Last Word |  

Correct the Record “The Details Don’t Matter”  October , 2016 featuring Dr. Gourguechon’s views on Donald Trump’s relationship to the truth.

Featured in Correct the Record Video, “How Bad of a Businessman is Donald Trump?  Here’s How”. June 2016.

Psychoanalysts Analyze Bullying Tactics Used by Donald Trump.  Correct the Record.  2016

The Citizen Psychoanalyst in Today’s Troubled World October 14, 2015

WBUR “Here and Now”-Archives March 26, 2008   “Presidential Dreams”

MedPage Today “APsaA: Psychoanalysts Emphasize Need for Long-Term Care for Vets with PTSD” by Kristina Fiore (January 2009)


Everyone is talking about Donald Trump’s Teeth. Sam Brodsky. Metro US. December 7, 2017.  I didn’t expect to be quoted in this piece!

“Why powerful men make women watch them masturbate.”  Brady MacDonald.  LA Times November 13, 2017.  Another good piece on the wave of sexual harassment reports in the fall of 2017.

Why Men Use Masturbation to Harass Women. Jen Christensen and Sandee LaMotte, CNN, November 11, 2017. A thoughtful piece on a difficult to discuss subject.

“The Mystery of Mary Trump” Michael Kruse, Politico Magazine, November/December 2017

I was interviewed by a number of news outlets regarding principles guiding psychiatrists and psychoanalysts making comments about public figures in July, 2017.

“How to beat the Sunday-night Blues”  Debbie Carlson June 2, 2017

“All Your Scary Dreams Really Mean the Same Thing” by Suzy Strutner, The Huffington Post, November 2015.

“Between Perseverance and Surrender”  by Brandon Tapley, Guest Contributor, OnBeing Blog.  September 8, 2015

“How to Live Life to the Fullest”.  March 5, 2015.

“Experts:  Docs should Ask about Patients’ Military History”, and February 16, 2015

“Nationwide Campaign Urges Doctors to ask if Patients  are Veterans”. News.  February 15, 2015

“Will You Be My Therapist? Expert Advice on Finding the Right One: Chicago Psychiatrist Prudence Gourguechon on How to Get the Most From Psychotherapy”, Wall Street Journal September 22, 2014.

“After Divorce or Job Loss Comes the Good Identity Crisis”, Wall Street Journal July 30, 2013.

Dealing with Dysfunction, Legal Management, March 2012.  pp 39-42

“Time for a Good Old-Fashioned Nervous Breakdown”,  Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2012

“The Word That’s Ticking Everyone Off”, February 2011 “Bonds:  The Many Powers of Maybe”, Wall Street Journal 11/1/10

Bonds:  Why do Compliments Cause so much grief?”, Wall Street Journal 5/4/10.

“Making Shabby Chic, Again” New York Times, October 15, 2009.

Unfree Associations by Douglas Kirsner. (book) 2009

“A psychoanalytic lesson in the politics of female power”
Denver Post, August 25, 2008
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“Is There Proof That Psychotherapy Works?”, August 22, 2008
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“Here’s Looking at Me, Kid” New York Times, July 20, 2008
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“New Documentation of MH Problems in Veterans Spurs Calls for Action”
Mental Health Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 17, April 28, 2008

“Freud is widely taught at universities, except in the psychology department ” The New York Times (Ideas & Trends), November 25, 2007

“Sure ’tis Freud that’s crazy: But did he really say the Irish were beyond the help of psychoanalysis?”
from Chicago Sun-Times, March 11, 2007

“Why do they do it?”
from Chicago Sun-Times, February 21, 2007

“Psychoanalysis Reinterpreted: To help keep Freudian therapy alive, researchers are using modern science to measure the process”
from Newsday, February 20, 2007

“Psychoanalysis—couch and all—still going strong”
from Ward Rounds (Northwestern University Medical School Alumni Magazine) Winter 2006-2007 by Janet DeRaleau

“Analyst’s couch maker finds a niche in shrinking market”
Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2005

“AMA prescribes low gift diet”
from Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2001