Steven Berglas, Ph.D., wears a number of professional hats derived from his devotion to understanding the psychological consequences of success: Research scientist, psychotherapist, magazine columnist, author, consultant, and executive coach.
Dr. Berglas’ professional career began at Harvard Medical School when he was awarded two successive Career Scientist Development Awards from the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, to develop his model of success-induced alcoholism. Dr. Berglas simultaneously served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry during receipt of these awards, and thereafter at McLean Hospital, where he specialized in narcissistic disorders. During Dr. Berglas’ 24 years at Harvard Medical School he also maintained a private psychotherapy practice.
Dr. Berglas moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to study success among business leaders. He was initially an instructor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management then, subsequently, adjunct professor at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Berglas’ academic foci are now entrepreneurial psychology, success-induced burnout, burnout prevention, and hubris. Since leaving Boston, Berglas’ professional focus shifted from psychotherapy to executive coaching, where he applies his knowledge of behavioral and psychodynamic psychiatry to designing interventions designed to foster the success of C-level executives who are at risk of, or are in the process of, derailing.
Dr. Berglas has authored four books that examine how the changes brought about by career success cause vocational, interpersonal, and psychological problems: The Success Syndrome: Hitting Bottom When You Reach The Top (Plenum, 1986), Self-Handicapping (Plenum, 1991), Your Own Worst Enemy: Understanding The Paradox of Self-Defeating Behavior (Basic Books, 1993) and Reclaiming The Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout (Random House, 2001), named by Fortune magazine to its list of the 75 Smartest Business Books ever written. Dr. Berglas has also published over 70 articles and journal reports on the causes and cures of self-defeating behavior, the factors that cause executives to fail, and how to prevent white-collar crime.
Berglas holds a BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors in psychology from Clark University, a Ph.D. from Duke University, and did post-doctoral training in social psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School.