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The body betrayal



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July 23, 2012 — It’s never a good time to experience an injury or ailment, whether chronic or acute. We have things to do, places to go… how could we possibly take time away from our daily routines to heal? That’s a common response to things that slow us down physically. Other reactions are depression, anger, or a tendency to ignore our compromised bodies. Certainly, physical injury and illness can have psychological implications born of life experience and personality.

Guest host Jennifer Lynn examines “the body’s betrayal” and the ways in which we address physical vulnerabilities affect how we feel about ourselves during and after the healing process. Voices in the Family’s Dan Gottlieb calls in while on a brief leave of absence from the show following surgery for a bone infection. Other guests include F. Diane Barth, LCSW, and Karla Thompson, Ph.D.

F. Diane Barth is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City who blogs regularly about emotional responses to healing. Karla Thompson is a clinical neuropsychologist. She directs psychological services for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina.

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