Douglas LaBier

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Douglas LaBier is a business psychologist, psychotherapist, and writer.[1] He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Progressive Development, in Washington, D.C and conducts programs for senior executives and leadership teams, based on his findings and empirical data, to create positive management cultures. He also practices psychotherapy for men, women and couples. He is known for research demonstrating that success in business and careers can create emotional and values conflicts for men and women.

That became the thesis for the book Modern Madness: The Hidden Link Between Work and Emotional Conflict (ISBN 0-595-08900-3), which is based on a study of 220 men and women and explains why careers within large organizations affect the potential for emotional and values conflict among people who are not otherwise emotionally disturbed. It was cited by Daniel Goleman[2] in The New York Times as "In the vanguard...offering sobering insights into the costs of modern success." LaBier argued that personal and career-related conflicts are often caused, paradoxically, by successful adaptation to the roles, pressures, and culture within organizations and careers.

LaBier has also authored numerous articles on related issues for The Washington Post,[3] The New York Times, Fortune,[4] and other publications.

His writings have been published on The Huffington Post[5] Psychology Today, the Center's blog, Progressive Impact[6] and other publications.

He has also written on the link between work and mental health; midlife developmental conflicts; building psychologically healthy management and leadership; and positive human development for various publications including New York Times[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] since the 1980s.

His current focus includes identifying survey and research trends indicating a growing desire among men and women to integrate career success, personal life goals, and service to the common good.[17] His programs with corporate executives focus on creating sustainable, socially responsible business practices within a psychologically health workplace.

He also conducts programs for senior executives[18] and leadership teams[19] based on his findings and empirical data to create positive management cultures.[20] He also practices psychotherapy for men, women and couples.[21]

LaBier has been a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry[22] since 1980 and has conducted workshops and management consultations[23] to Federal Agencies, including the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and others; as well as for Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations[24] and nonprofit organizations.

LaBier was raised in upstate New York. His father, Horace J. LaBier, founded Local 227 of the International Chemical Workers Union in 1937 at a German-owned chemical factory seized by the U.S. government during World War I,[25] and served as its president for 10 terms. "LaBier’s father was frequently accused of being a Communist by the company, and won a well-publicized case before the National Labor Relations Board when the company forbid him to distribute pamphlets to workers containing readings of Spinoza, Aristotle, and Freud.[26]"

LaBier received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and did post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he served on staff until 1973. He then trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry, where he later served on the faculty. He currently is a supervisory faculty member of George Washington University’s professional psychology doctoral program.[27]


  1. ^ Labier, Douglas. "About the Center for Progressive Development". Center for Progressive Development.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Goleman, Daniel. The Strange Agony of Success The New York Times, August 24, 1986.
  3. ^ Labier, Douglas. "You've Gotta Think Like Google", "The Washington Post", Nov 11, 2008; F.1.
  4. ^ Labier, Douglas. "Madness Stalks the Ladder Climbers", "Fortune", September, 1986.
  5. ^ Post, Huffington. "About Douglas Labier". Huffington Post.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ Labier, Douglas. "Center for Progressive Development blog". Center for Progressive Development. Retrieved 1 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Irrational Executives, The New York Times, May 1, 1984, Daniel Goleman
  8. ^ "Study Finds Ways to Fight Career Malaise", The New York Times, September 27, 1988, Gina Kolata
  9. ^ LIFE STYLE; "Taking Time Off From the Rat Race" The New York Times, April 30, 1989, Jack Manning
  10. ^ "Young, Successful But Between Jobs", The New York Times, November 7, 1990, Jon Nordheimer
  11. ^ "Dumped Dot- Commers Find It Tough to Accept That Crashing and Burning Is 'Ultimately a Good Thing,'" The Washington Post;,Feb 20, 2001, Amy Joyce
  12. ^ "After the Layoff, Time Off; Midlife Rat-Race Dropouts Getting More Common, Workplace Experts Say" The Washington Post, Aug 16, 2001, Amy Joyce
  13. ^ "Boredom Numbs the Work World; Lack of Stimulation Infects Humble and High-Ranking Jobs Alike", The Washington Post, Aug 10, 2005, Amy Joyce
  14. ^ "Is There a Healer In the House?; Workplace Coaches Offer Some Tips for Democrats", The Washington Post, Nov 16, 2006, Libby Copeland
  15. ^ "Pass the Pasta, Please, and Hold the Stress; Some Companies Boost Their Bottom Line by Putting Workers at the Top of the Priority List", The Washington Post Jul 10, 2007, Beth Baker
  16. ^ A Little Empathy, Please, O, The Oprah Magazine, January 01, 2006, Amanda Robb
  17. ^ Stillman, Jessica. "What Workers in the Future Will Want: Community and Creativity".  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ Healing the Wounds of Success, The Washington Post, July 23, 1989, Cindy Skrzycki|url=
  19. ^ Lahey, Kelly Anne. "3 reasons why your top performers are leaving you".  External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ Group, Ramerman. "Rapping CEOs Knuckles? Hardly.".  External link in |website= (help)
  21. ^ Club of DC, Wharton. "Managing Your Career Series".  External link in |website= (help)
  22. ^ "Washington School of Psychiatry".  External link in |website= (help)
  23. ^ Abib Pech, Marianne. The Financial Times Guide to Leadership ePub eBook. 
  24. ^ "Society of Psychologists in Management" (PDF).  External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ History, Fulton. "Union Head Named to 8th Term" (PDF). The Knickerbocker News.  External link in |website= (help)
  26. ^ Albany (NY) Knickerbocker News, June 5, 1963
  27. ^ LaBier, Douglas. "About the Author". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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