Now retired, Burstein is a Professor Emeritus in psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and was a practicing psychoanalyst for many years.
He served as Head of the Psychology Department at Southeastern Louisiana University from 2000-2006 and as president of the Louisiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors from 2006-2010.
He is a former faculty member of the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center.

He is a member of Inklings, a writers’ critique group in Mandeville, Louisiana.
He writes a monthly film review, A Shrink at the Flicks, for The Psychology Times, an award winning e-newspaper. He is a reader for Silver Blade, a fiction quarterly. His first novella, The Owl, is available on Amazon, and some of his flash fiction is archived on


Here are some quotations, not exactly advice, but worth reflecting on:
…the past influences everything and dictates nothing.

- Adam Phillips, Darwin’s Worms

Too few have the courage of my convictions.

- Robert M. Hutchins, explaining the Trustees' decision to dismiss him as Chancellor

It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.

- Attributed by Robert M. Hutchins to William the Silent
( or was it Charles the Bold?)

Heaven for climate; hell for society.

- Mark Twain