Voices in the Family
Is there a science to love and trust?02/23/15
Renown relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman, joins for the hour to discuss his forty years of research into marital stability. At The Gottman Institute, which he co-founded, he has studied couples' verbal and non-verbal communication over a long...
Stepfamilies: What works, what doesn’t
Blended families with children have a lot on their plates. There are roles to define, needs to pay attention to, and loyalties to understand. There is an entirely new family architecture to consider when fostering a healthy stepfamily.
The teenage brain
Any parent with a teenager can tell you that their child's adolescent years can be confusing, anxiety-ridden, tumultuous. Even the strongest parent/child relationships are tested during this time, leaving both sides frustrated. But what parents,...
Asylum for the severely mentally ill
Forty years ago, we thought closing psychiatric hospitals was the humane action. But was it? In a recent article Penn bioethicists have called for a return to asylums-- not surprisingly to some opposition. What's in the best interest of the severely...
The body keeps the score
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a pioneer in trauma research and treatment, discusses his latest book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. He’ll explain the neurobiology of the traumatized brain and what treatments are...
What are teens learning about Civil Rights in school?
According to a new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than half of the states are doing a sub-par job of teaching about the civil rights history of America in public schools. Some states are teaching nothing at all, while Pennsylvania...
Is depression contagious? A fresh look at a debilitating condition
The incidence of depression is escalating throughout the world. So can depression be contagious? Is it part of our social make-up or a biological illness? Since prozac hit the market we've known that drug treatment has been widely used. What is its...
When the mirror lies: The transgender journey
The tragic death of a transgender teen in Ohio brings to our attention the alienation and pain transgender individuals face. Lee Ann Etscovitz shares her story living much of her life as a man and finally becoming the woman she was meant to be. We'll...
How and why we laugh
Humor unites us - we connect with other people through laughter, and share collective struggles and confusions. It offers uncensored insights into our unconscious. Studies say that laughter can lengthen our lives and sharpen our cognition, but why do...
Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?
Christmas decorations and holiday music bombard us right after Halloween. For Christians, it seems the holiday had become overly commercialized. In our increasingly diverse nation, there are many who observe different holy days. So, how do...
Desire, Craving and Addiction
Desire is a natural part of life, but what happens when desire becomes an insatiable craving? Whether it is drugs, alcohol, too much food or even sex, there's a line that can be crossed into addiction.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Tis the season of desire, whether it is for gifts, extra desserts or shopping for the perfect outfit. Excess seems to be the watchword of the season. What is desire and when does it turn to...
Teenage sexuality in today’s world
We humans are sexual beings; and like it or not so are our children. How do we deal with our own feelings about their sexuality and how do we help them deal with theirs? In this age of media and technology, it’s even more important to understand...
The holiday season is here... and while it is filled with gift-giving, it's also a good time to talk about opportunities to make the world a better place. We begin with our brains and discover how we are hard-wired to be caring. Barbara Shaiman will...
Whether it’s a professional athlete or a school report -- or maybe even a talk show host preparing for a Ted Talk -- we all relate to performance anxiety. How do we quell that dreaded fear of failure? Sports psychologist Joel Fish will tell us how...
Hope and acceptance
Every day we hear about advances in medicine... successful trials to cure diseases, technology to restore sight, hearing or regenerate spinal nerves…. and the message is that there is always hope. But, when does hope hold us back? Is it a double-edged...
“The Boom Boom Retreat” – Growing up with borderline personality...
Angry. Strange. Lonely – these are all words that describe Talya Lewis as a little girl and teen. Today, she knows she has borderline personality disorder – but growing up in the 70s and 80s, there was little help and treatment available.
The psychological dynamics of family businesses
Family firms make up over 80 percent of businesses in the United States – there are about 5.5 million of them. Family businesses account for 60% of the GDP, they employ 63% of the work for and nearly 80% of all new jobs, but their life expectancy is...
When we do and don’t like to be scared
With Halloween around the corner, scary decorations are everywhere. It’s a thrilling celebration to most, but not everyone enjoys fear. So what’s the difference? Why do some love being scared by the spooky, but no one enjoys the thought of a real life...
Organization of the mind and mindful organization
Why do I always lose my house keys? My cluttered environment is stifling my creativity and sense of calm. Why is this, and how can I change? If you find yourself asking these questions, you’re not alone. Answering these questions on this Voices in the...
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