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Voices In The Family

July 2012


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It's generally believed that one third of the people in the world are introverts - people with rich inner lives who tend to be energized when alone and drained of energy when around other people. Here in the U.S., there's a cultural preference for the opposite temperament: extroversion. Extroverts love to be around people. They're prone to talking, asserting, and dominating group situations and are rewarded for such in the workplace, the classroom, and in many other social situations.

That said, what's a bright, quiet, thoughtful, measured introvert to do? How do they fit in American households, offices, relationships, and how do they carve out much-needed downtime or set up creative realms. On Voices in the Family, with guest host Jennifer Lynn, we'll try to answer those questions with the help of self-proclaimed introvert Susan Cain, author of the bestseller "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking." We'll also hear from Swarthmore College psychology professor and author Barry Schwartz who's written about human nature.

Vulnerabilities, Shame, and Self-Acceptance

(This program originally aired on 4/16/12)

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We never really know the impact it has when we openly talk about uncomfortable feelings we have or our physical or mental challenges. And while we may fear and deem these things as shameful, they may be conduits for something else -- like a path to healing or creativity...or a dialogue that validates, strengthens, and supports us. On the next Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb: our relationship with our vulnerabilities as we head toward self-acceptance. Dan's guests are Brené Brown and Kristen Neff.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

Kristen Neff, Ph.D., is the author of "Self-Compassion" which comes out in paperback this summer. She is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She and her family were featured in the award-winning documentary and best selling book: "The Horse Boy." Neff says the film is a journey with autism, horses, and healing.


(This program originally aired on 8/22/11)

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Migraines. Freud had them, so did Thomas Jefferson, Chopin, and Darwin. Much of the distorted body imagery for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is thought to have been migraine inspired. If you've experienced severe headaches, you know how incapacitating they are - affecting your daily routine at home and at work and complicating relationships with loved ones.

On the next Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb: a discussion about headaches - their crippling effects and the latest on prescription drug treatments and behavioral approaches with neurologist Amy Pruitt and psychiatrist Donald Penzien. Pruitt is an associate professor of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Penzien, a behavioral therapy researcher and practitioner, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He's coauthored a new study on the feasibility of behavioral approaches in the treatment of chronic migraines

The Body Betrayal

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It's never a good time to experience an injury or ailment, whether chronic or acute. We have things to do, places to go...how could we possibly take time away from our daily routines to heal? That's a common response to things that slow us down physically. Other reactions are depression, anger, or a tendency to ignore our compromised bodies. Certainly, physical injury and illness can have psychological implications born of life experience and personality.

On Voices in the Family, with guest host Jennifer Lynn: "the body's betrayal" - how the ways in which we address physical vulnerabilities affect how we feel about ourselves during and after the healing process. We'll hear from Voices in the Family's Dan Gottlieb, who's taking a brief leave of absence from the show following surgery for a bone infection. We'll also hear from F. Diane Barth, LCSW, and Karla Thompson, Ph.D.

F. Diane Barth is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City who blogs regularly about emotional responses to healing. Karla Thompson is a clinical neuropsychologist. She directs psychological services for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina.

Anxiety's Grip and Stepfamily Therapy

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Sometimes anxiety can keep us frozen. We ruminate and lose sleep, even over little things. We all have anxious reactions from time to time, but sometimes the grip of anxiety is tight and gets the best of us. On Voices in the Family, we listen back to show host Dan Gottlieb's interview with clinical psychologist Tamar Chansky, founder and director of The Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety and creator of the educational website worrywisekids.org. Her book "Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want" was published earlier this year.

We'll also bring you Dan's conversation with psychologist Scott Browning, noted authority on helping stepfamilies get along. He says building positive relationships in stepfamilies takes time and can be complicated, but with proper guidance, stable intra-family relationships can be forged. Browning has written "Stepfamily Therapy: A 10 Step Clinical Approach" (2012) with coauthor Elise Artelt. He's a professor of psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.