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Voices special edition:

Shakespeare on the Couch: Hamlet

Dr. Dan Gottlieb returns as therapist to the complex characters of Shakespeare’s plays. Hamlet is the most studied, most performed and most adapted of Shakespeare’s plays by far, possibly of any play ever. Featuring Carmen Khan, Artistic Executive Director of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and actor Josh Kachnycz as Hamlet, Dr. Dan improvises a therapy session with Hamlet and later the three discuss why Hamlet is such an interesting character study. The play deals in grand and ageless themes of the human condition— loss and betrayal, the need for truth, the complexity of human desire, and the parent-child relationship.

Hear more of Hamlet’s therapy session:

Music credits:
Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt and Arvo Pä rt by Nic Bommarito

Weekly conversation with behavioral health reporter Maiken Scott:

Is Rejection Better than Nothing?

Hearing the word NO is better than getting no answer. And even unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by other people. That’s according to new research on the effects of social exclusion on people’s mental health. In their weekly conversation, psychologist Dan Gottlieb and WHYY’s Maiken Scott discuss the findings.