Voices in the Family Hosted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Voices in the Family hosts thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships.
Voices in the Family

Voices in the Family

From WHYY

Hosted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Voices in the Family hosts thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships.

Most Recent Episodes

Does canceling others hurt our mental health?

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.

Does canceling others hurt our mental health?

The mental health impact of being a veterinarian

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.

What can FaceApp teach us about aging?

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.

Therapy program proves successful for family caregivers

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 findings.

Lessons from 50 years of doing therapy

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.

Raising Resilient Kids

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.

Is Loneliness Dividing Us?

Americans are deeply divided on so many issues these days; gun control, climate change, and immigration, just to name a few. But in his new book, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska argues that it's not politics that's dividing Americans and making them angry and even violent toward each other, it's loneliness. The book is called "Them: Why We Hate Each Other–and How to Heal." In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss his premise.

How to give good advice

Advice from others can be helpful – but it's not always welcome. When a neighbor, colleague or loved one tries to tell you how to live your life, it can feel intrusive and presumptuous. So how do you know when your advice is wanted, and is actually helpful? In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb talk about the art of giving good advice.

Parents, Put Down Your Devices

Parents spend a lot of time arguing with their kids about screen time, trying to limit access to smart phones, and social media. But – more and more new research suggests that parents should perhaps take a look at their OWN screen time – and think about how much time they spend on the phone. In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Maiken Scott speaks with psychologist Dan Gottlieb about the findings.

Cultivating Character with Angela Duckworth

Curiosity, self control, grit and zest— they're all character strengths. But what is character? And how do we cultivate it? While many of us believe we're born with character, science shows these strengths can be taught—and that it's never too late to learn. Angela Duckworth is the CEO and Founder of Character Lab, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.