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Thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships. Dan Gottlieb Ph.D, host of Voices in the Family, is a family therapist in private practice. He is a nationally recognized lecturer in the field of mental health, and a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.




Find the positive in feeling negative

When you're feeling grumpy, or irritated, or sad - the best remedy might be to embrace those negative feelings - that's according to new research. In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss the findings.

Duration: 00:03:39

Are obese people treated differently at the doctor’s office?

Being judged for your weight in a doctor's office can have serious side effects. That's according to a new review of research on the treatment of obese people in medical settings.

Duration: 00:03:16

Can meditation ease chronic pain?

With the country in the midst of an addiction crisis, health care providers are looking for new ways to treat their patients' pain without prescribing heavy-duty opioids. That's especially true for patients with chronic pain.

Duration: 00:03:21

How to support cancer patients

When a friend, a neighbor or co-worker is dealing with cancer - most of us want to chime in - with messages of support, or empathy. But what we end up saying sometimes isn’t very helpful

Duration: 00:03:26

The Pain of it All

At some point or another we all confront some sort of pain. Pain is necessary. We need it to alert us that something is wrong, but when acute pain turns to chronic pain, everything changes. So we need the pain, but not so much of it. That’s the territory Dr Dan Gottlieb explores in this Voices in the Family special.

Duration: 00:51:28

Could magnesium help treat depression?

Millions of Americans suffer with depression - and traditional medications used to treat the illness are expensive, and can have a lot of side effects. New research from the University of Vermont shows that over-the-counter magnesium could be effective to treat mild to moderate depression.

Duration: 00:03:34

Sex and aging

Sex and aging remains an uncomfortable topic for many people. But, a new study finds that your sex life is impacted by how old you feel, more so than by how old you actually are. In their weekly conversation, psychologist Dan Gottlieb and WHYY's Maiken Scott discuss the findings.

Duration: 00:02:54

How marijuana use affects school performance

Smoking marijuana impacts school performance – that’s what a large, long-term study finds.

Duration: 00:03:27

Is Rejection Better than Nothing?

Hearing the word NO is better than getting no answer. And even unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by other people.

Duration: 00:03:36

Moving on from Betrayal

Betrayal in romantic relationships hurts, but it can cause psychological trauma - with long-lasting consequences.

Duration: 00:03:08

Shakespeare on the Couch: Hamlet

Dr. Dan Gottlieb returns as therapist to the complex characters of Shakespeare’s plays. Hamlet is the most studied, most performed and most adapted of Shakespeare’s plays by far, possibly of any play ever. Featuring Carmen Khan, Artistic Executive Director of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and actor Josh Kachnycz as Hamlet, Dr. Dan improvises a therapy […]

Duration: 00:50:32

Can negative people learn to look on the bright side?

Most of us know somebody who is always negative - predicting worst-case scenarios, seeing only what went wrong, and what they don't have.

Duration: 00:03:38

Julia Arrives on Sesame Street

Sesame Street has welcomed a new resident - a Muppet named Julia who has autism. In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss why this new character is giving hope to a lot of families affected by autism.

Duration: 00:03:05

Body image as we age

Are you avoiding looking at yourself in a mirror? No longer comfortable going to the pool – or maybe plagued by chronic pain? As we age, our relationship with our body changes. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss how those changing emotions.

Duration: 00:03:27

Why are kids today so anxious?

Anxiety disorders are rising in kids. In their weekly conversation, psychologist Dan Gottlieb and WHYY’s Maiken Scott talk about the potential reasons for the increase, and what parents can do.

Duration: 00:03:24

Creativity: Life From the Inside Out

Dr. Dan Gottlieb explores the role of psychology in creativity through the lives of artists. He looks at Van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness and the emotional support that this legendary artist received from his brother. A museum curator gives us some historical context and later in the show Dr. Dan talks to a local […]

Duration: 00:50:30

Should we talk about our health problems?

People share LOTS of very personal health information online these days – with virtual strangers – but not everybody is comfortable talking about an illness they are struggling with. And some of that is generational. To share – or not to share? In their weekly conversation, psychologist Dan Gottlieb and WHYY’s Maiken Scott talk about […]

Duration: 00:03:28

Who cares for the caregivers?

Millions of Americans care for a sick or elderly loved one at home - and without their unpaid contributions, the country's healthcare and social service system would likely collapse. But - experts worry about the health of the caregivers themselves. In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss these concerns.

Duration: 00:03:12

Everyday Awe

Psychologists are becoming more interested in awe. They are studying its mental health benefits, and trying to find ways to help people experience it in daily life and even at work.

Duration: 00:03:59

The resilience of veterans

We often hear about the many struggles returning soldiers face - in terms of re-integrating into civilian life, and their mental health. But new research paints a different picture.

Duration: 00:03:35

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