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Voices in the Family

WHYY

Thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships.

Thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships.

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Networks:

WHYY

Description:

Thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships.

Language:

English


Episodes

How to prepare for an unpleasant experience

5/3/2021
When you have a health issue that requires surgery and a prolonged recovery period, you can feel a lot of anxiety and dread. How will you get through this time?

Duration:00:04:44

Looking for lessons from the pandemic

4/12/2021
We tend to look for silver linings - even during this difficult past year with the pandemic. What will we learn or take away from this time?

Duration:00:04:19

Coping with new waves of anxiety

3/30/2021
Many people continue to feel a lot of anxiety because of the pandemic. What is safe or not safe once somebody is vaccinated?

Duration:00:04:14

The Power of Human Touch

3/1/2021
Human touch is important for our well-being and health, but with the pandemic, lots of people are experiencing much less of it.

Duration:00:04:34

Does a positive outlook positively affect memory?

11/30/2020
A new study finds that people who are cheerful and content, what psychologists call "positive affect," are less likely to experience memory decline as they age.

Duration:00:04:56

Understanding the emotional impact of rejection

10/12/2020
Being rejected hurts, not being accepted into a group, being turned down for a date, or being ditched by a friend.

Duration:00:04:29

Feeling guilty for feeling happy?

9/14/2020
A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the news lately. The pandemic continues, the political landscape is polarized, wildfires rage on the West Coast. This kind of upsetting information can leave people feeling conflicted if they are otherwise having a good day. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss these feelings, and how we can handle them.

Duration:00:04:41

Calming Parents’ Anxiety

8/19/2020
The beginning of the school year is coming into very sharp focus for many families - and it's a time of high anxiety that can be tough to navigate.

Duration:00:04:48

Healthcare workers feel the mental health toll of the pandemic

6/29/2020
Healthcare workers have witnessed so much suffering and tragedy, worked long hours, dealt with PPE shortages, and feared for their own safety.

Duration:00:04:24

Too much togetherness can be challenging for couples

6/11/2020
Do you remember that old Turtles song that goes “you and me, and me and you”?? That sounds great when you’re newly in love, but during a pandemic all this togetherness can become very difficult to manage! Especially when you add all of this stress. How is this impacting relationships? In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss.

Duration:00:04:19

Talking about critical care and death with loved ones

6/9/2020
A recent editorial in the New York Times urges families to have “the talk” – that is, the end of life talk. If you were critically ill, what would you want, what are your wishes? It’s a conversation that makes us uncomfortable, and we tend to avoid it. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss how families can get started.

Duration:00:03:58

Accepting the New Normal

5/15/2020
Remember when social distancing and staying at home was going to last for about two weeks? Weeks later, with little change, some aspects of this new life are becoming a bit more routine. Is that helping or hurting our mental health? In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss.

Duration:00:04:15

Is letting go of New Year’s resolutions a good thing?

1/15/2020
We’re well into 2020, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Still going strong? Or, already back to your old habits? If so, is that a bad thing? In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss what to do when our goals to do better get derailed.

Duration:00:04:14

Does canceling others hurt our mental health?

10/3/2019
Many people say we live in a “cancel culture” – where we banish those who express unpopular opinions or behave in seemingly offensive ways. We cancel and delete each other on social media in a flash of anger. But this also happens in real life, where political opinions often get in the way of friendships and relationships. What does does this do to our mental health? In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and Dan Gottlieb discuss.

Duration:00:04:28

The mental health impact of being a veterinarian

8/28/2019
Working around pets and animals sounds like it should be fun and enjoyable. But new research finds that veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for mental health problems. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and Dan Gottlieb discuss the findings.

Duration:00:03:08

What can FaceApp teach us about aging?

7/29/2019
Are your friends suddenly looking a LOT older – at least on social media? Lots of people had fun with an app that allows you to dramatically age yourself in a picture. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and Dan Gottlieb discuss this sudden obsession with looking older.

Duration:00:03:02

Therapy program proves successful for family caregivers

7/22/2019
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be physically and emotionally exhausting – and cause serious health issues like depression and anxiety. A new British study evaluates a therapy intervention for caregivers, that helps them cope with the everyday challenges. The intervention was developed by University College London, and is called “The START” which stands for “strategies for relatives.” In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss the...

Duration:00:03:43

Understanding the impact of losing a close friend

6/17/2019
Grieving for a close friend affects people more deeply than mental health professionals previously thought. A new study analyzed surveys of 9,500 Australians who had experienced the death of at least one close friend. Researchers found that people grieving a close friend suffered a significant decline in physical health, mental health, emotional stability and social life. In their weekly conversation, Dan Gottlieb and Maiken Scott discuss the findings.

Duration:00:03:36

Lessons from 50 years of doing therapy

6/4/2019
Psychologist Dan Gottlieb has been a therapist for fifty years – he saw his first client in May of 1969. She was an older woman who had schizophrenia, and she told him he was useless after their first session. He agreed, and listened, and learned. They eventually became friends. He reflects on what he’s learned about his field, and about helping people, in his weekly conversation with WHYY’s Maiken Scott.

Duration:00:03:19

Raising Resilient Kids

5/16/2019
The recent college admissions bribery scandal is an extreme example of how far some parents will go to pave their kids’ career path, to ensure their future success. Psychologist Dan Gottlieb says it speaks to something else, something much more common: parental anxiety, and the desire to prevent kids from failing. He discusses this in his weekly conversation with WHYY’s Maiken Scott.

Duration:00:03:38