Video: What Does Independence Really Mean?

by Dr. Dan Gottlieb~Google the word Independence, and the first thing that will pop up is the Wikipedia definition.  Usually when speaking about Independence, we are speaking about a land being free from being controlled by a government.  In today’s video blog Publisher, Roseann Vanella, sits down to chat with Expert Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb, the conversation topic of Independence takes on a very different meaning.

Dr. Gottlieb discusses how Independence can mean many different things to many different people.  For instance in the work that he does in couples therapy, a divorce may mean freedom from a partner, or perhaps the work he engages in through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with individuals may mean freedom from their wheelchairs or from the use of a cane.  Many times, the meaning of independence will go much deeper.

Dr. Gottlieb believes that we are all entrapped by our fears of dependency.  Fears of allowing everyone including our loved ones of seeing us for who we really are, individuals who all have demons and who are all vulnerable. Listen as Dr. Gottlieb explains how we can learn to be vulnerable and at the same time be comfortable in our skin and in the end find our independence.

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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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