Dr. Dan Webcasts

Dr. Dan Webcasts

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Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., aka Dr. Dan, is a practicing psychologist and therapist with more than 40 years of experience. Best known as the host of "Voices in the Family," a weekly radio program heard on WHYY-FM, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. He is also the author of six books, including his latest, The Wisdom We're Born With.

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Re: Dr. Dan Webcasts

Posted by Dan Gottlieb on Dec 14, 2016 1:54 pm

Our last several web chat have been wonderful. People have called in with issues that are important to their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We've all had the privilege of being involved in deeply personal and hopefully healing conversations on the first Wednesday of every month at 3 o'clock.

Our next web chat will be right after New Year's when everyone is trying to make resolutions. It turns out the practice of making New Year's resolutions started among the ancient Babylonians who wanted to earn favor with the gods so they promised to pay off debts or return things they have borrowed. But these days we are not trying to curry favor with the gods, so why do we do it?

New Year's resolutions have turned to a promise for self improvement. Of course, it never works but we try again next year.

But why do we do it and what do we really want? The Dalai Lama has said that all humans suffer and all humans want to be happy. So is the ultimate goal of these self improvement promises happiness? If so, I propose we make New Year's resolutions about being happy.

So what kind of internal changes would make you more happy? Would it be about acquiring something you don't have or giving up something you feel is a burden. Perhaps it's even giving up the dream you've been carrying-like walking or changing your spouse/parent/children.

What do you need to change this year in order for you to be happier?

Happy new year! And I do mean happy

Re: Dr. Dan Webcasts

Posted by Dan Gottlieb on Jan 25, 2017 3:13 pm

The Beatles sang "Love Is All You Need". But they were young at the time and it was the 60s and that's what we thought. Although love is essential for quality of life, we all know by now that we need more than love to survive and thrive.

So as Valentine's Day approaches, let's do something a bit different. Let's talk about what we need to thrive and what gets in the way. We certainly know one of the ingredients is love and that the more love we have and the more love we give, the happier we will be. But what else…?

I look forward to speaking with you in our next web chat. And by the way, these web charts tend to be more rich and vibrant based on how many people actually get involved. So let's talk!

Re: Dr. Dan Webcasts

Posted by Dan Gottlieb on Feb 15, 2017 1:52 pm

On next month's web chat, I'd like to talk about emotions almost all of us have experienced-anxiety and depression.

It's hard not to be anxious when we are more vulnerable and even more fragile than those without disabilities. Sometimes anxiety is helpful in that it alerts us to potential problems. But most of the time it keeps us stuck and prevents us from growth and well-being.

Grief and sadness are normal reactions to loss. And we have all lost a great deal whether we are disabled or love someone who is. Sometimes we beat ourselves up for these emotions thinking we should be "stronger". And sometimes these emotions turn to depression which can make it difficult or impossible for us to function during the day, feel hopeful about the future or even experience joy.

I'm hoping you will be able to join us and tell us your story. These web chat's are just that – – chats. So they don't work without your involvement. Let's make this a helpful experience for all of us.

Looking forward to spending time with you in March

Re: Dr. Dan Webcasts

Posted by Dan Gottlieb on May 3, 2017 4:07 pm

This may very well be the final post on the "Webcasts" discussion.

We are shifting my activity to bimonthly blogs. So you can read my blogs at:


I have recently posted about well-being and self compassion. My next post will likely be about independence and its loss as we age. Should be posted in two weeks.

I would love to hear more about what you would like to hear about on these blogs.

In the meantime, we are canceling the webcasts. But who knows about the future?

The bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you who have been involved in these webcasts as you have made them rewarding and successful for everyone involved


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