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Out of nowhere


We silly humans tend to think we know what tomorrow brings; this gives us a sense of comfort and security. But life has a way of throwing things our way, seemingly out of nowhere. Things we subsequently label as good or bad can catch us off guard, make us feel off-kilter, and change our course. Furthermore, how we cope with life’s surprises says a lot about how resilient we are and how much self-compassion we have.

Dan Gottlieb leads a discussion about how life comes at us and how we cope with guests Leslie Becker-Phelps and Bea Hollander-Goldfein.

Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is on the medical staff at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey. She writes a blog for PsychologyToday.com, another blog for WebMD, and is the expert on WebMD’s ‘Relationships and Coping’ Community.

Bea Hollander-Goldfein is a staff psychologist at The Council for Relationships (CFR). She’s the director of the research project Transcending Trauma: Exploring Psychological Mechanisms of Survival which focuses on Holocaust survivor families. She written “Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families” along with Nancy Isserman and Jennifer Goldenberg.

We’ll also hear a local woman’s incredible story of transcending trauma.

Related article: “Living the Life We Have” by Dan Gottlieb

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