Feeling Powerful vs Being Powerful


It’s common that in relationships one person is more powerful, or perceived to be more powerful than the other person.  Sometimes, this creates a power struggle and issues in the relationship whether it’s with a romantic partner, work colleague or friends.

According to FamilyAffaires.com Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb, the person who is perceived to be more powerful is actually a bully who is powerless.  Their aggressive behavior is rooted in fear.  If we feel threatened, we react with aggression.  In actuality, we are intolerant of our own powerlessness.

Real strength and power happens when you are comfortable with your own weaknesses.  Listen and learn as Dr. Dan and FamilyAffaires.com Community Advocate, Roseann Vanella discuss this topic and offer some great insight.


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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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