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Voices In The Family

May 2011

Pre-empted for special coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden

Noticing and Calming with Tara Brach

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It seems everyone is complaining about how busy their lives are. And everything we do feels so important that it must be done now or else. We all know we should stop and smell the proverbial roses, but who has time? Can't we do that later? Not so fast says Tara Brach, author of the best-selling book Radical Acceptance. She says all our busyness means we're not in our lives, we're in our heads. And sitting and doing nothing, even for brief periods of time, can change our psychology and even our neurological wiring. On the next Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb: integrating Eastern thinking with Western psychology - a discussion with Tara Brach, Ph. D. Brach is a psychologist and internationally renowned expert on Buddhist meditation and the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C.


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The silent treatment. It's the act of ignoring and excluding. Kids learn about it in the playground, and adults do it in the workplace. It was even a common political practice in ancient Greece. It's also known as ostracism, and the effect can range from temporary discomfort to lifelong pain. On the next Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb: ostracism - how and when it's used and how it affects us, with leading researchers on the subject Kipling Williams and Steve Nida. They've published Ostracism: Consequences and Coping. The article appears in Current Directions in Psychological Science. Williams is a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University. He's the author of Ostracism: the Power of Silence. Nida, a professor of psychology, is Associate Provost and Dean at The Citadel Graduate College.

Spirituality and Technology

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Looking for a buddy to study Buddhism? There's an app for that. Have a need to confess your sins? There's an app for that too. So much that we care about in our lives is increasingly just a touch away - including spiritual inspiration and disciplines. There are electronic connections to rabbis, psalms, Islamic prayer times, and meditation. And while they may be useful to help us strengthen and develop our faith, traditionalists worry they may undermine commitment to spiritual communities and family. That they are NOT, as the old Bell Telephone ads once described, "the next best thing to being there." On the next Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb: spirituality and technology - how they integrate and how they erode or reject one another with guests Darlene Weaver, William Schweiker, and Jim Caccamo. Weaver is the director of Villanova Theology Institute and is an associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies. Schweiker is a distinguished professor of Theology and Ethics in the University of Chicago Divinity School and the director of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. Caccamo is an associate professor of Christian Social Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Joseph's University.

The Explosive Child: Frustration to Hope

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Easily frustrated and chronically inflexible children are a handful - to say the least. Their explosive behavior can drain family morale, strain marriages, and pull loved ones down a path of isolation and anguish. Some parents and teachers resort to a reward and punishment system to control behavior, but soon find stickers and timeouts are pointless. On the next Voices in the Family, Dan Gottlieb will be joined by Ross Greene, Ph.D., to discuss how Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) helps difficult children overcome social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Greene is the author of The Explosive Child, now in its fourth edition. He's an associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the originator or the CPS approach. He consults with families, schools, and therapeutic facilities. He lectures throughout the world.