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Voices In The Family

December 2008


12/01/08
Compulsive Shopping

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Do you often shop to make yourself feel happy? Perhaps you go on buying binges that you just can't afford and afterward feel even more anxious, guilty and depressed. Well you are not alone about 18 million Americans are problem shoppers. On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests discuss compulsive shopping and it's affects on you, your relationships and your life. Dr. Gottlieb's guest is April Lane Benson, Ph.D. She is the author of To Buy or Not To Buy. She is also the Director of Stopping Overshopping. He'll also talk with James Mitchell, M.D., President of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and Chairman of the Clinical Neuroscience Department at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Mitchell's work can be found at www.nrifargo.com.


If you would like any additional resources on compulsive shopping visit, www.stoppingovershopping.com


12/08/08
Community Involvement

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Pundits say the reason for Obama's victory was because of his skills to mobilize the people. Even people who had never participated before were swept into action. But now that the election is over, can the people continue to be mobilized by the new president? On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks with marriage and family therapist William Doherty, Ph.D., who is with the Family Social Science Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Doherty is the author of the article which prompted this discussion, "Beyond the Consulting Room," which was published recently in the Psychotherapy Networker.


To read Dr. Doherty's article visit: psychotherapynetworker.org


12/15/08
Resilience

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Far too many people have endured traumatic experiences in their lives; from being a Holocaust survivor to an Iraq war veteran or a parent who lost a child. Some can't go on with their lives and even develop PTSD. And others are able to rebound and even grow, taking only the positive from a horrific experience. On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests discuss resilience after a trauma. Joining Dr. Dan is the Director and Founder of the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety, Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. She is also the author of Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. We'll also hear from the Director of the Transcending Trauma Project, Bea Hollander-Goldfein, Ph.D, L.M.F.T. In addition, she is the Director of Post-Graduate Training in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Council for Relationships. Dr. Dan will also speak with author of Resiliency, Roberta Greene, Ph.D.


For more information about the Transcending Trauma project, click here: www.councilforrelationships.org


For more information about Tamar Chansky, please click here: www.freeingyourchild.com


12/22/08
Traffic Psychology

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It's Monday morning on the Schuylkill expressway, and it is a very loud, frustrating parking lot. And you... well you are speaking in a language of expletives you never would say outside the comfort of your car. This behavior has become acceptable, but most of us wouldn't dare act this way otherwise. Or would we? On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks with the author of Traffic, Tom Vanderbilt about why we drive the way we do and what it says about us. Dr. Dan will also speak with Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Leon James, who specializes in traffic psychology.


To find out about Dr. Leon James' work, click here: www.drdriving.org


To read about Tom Vanderbilt's book and blog, click here: www.howwedrive.com


12/29/08
Loneliness

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As humans, we have a fundamental desire for social connection. So it's only natural that we all have felt lonely at some point in our lives. However, what happens to us when loneliness is ongoing? Researchers say prolonged loneliness can be as harmful to your health as obesity or smoking. On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks with the author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, John T. Cacioppo about the effects of loneliness and how to change it.


To read Dr. Cacioppo's blog about loneliness, click here: blogs.psychologytoday.com