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 FamilyAffaires.com Publisher, Roseann Vanella, sits down to chat with FamilyAffaires.com 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.