Transitions, controlling your narrative

December 31, 2012 [Rebroadcast: Originally aired January 9, 2012] — What do you want for your life? Many of us choose one path, then want another. Perhaps something that’s more creative, altruistic, or legacy making. Making this switch can be scary and complex; but by digging deeply, we can gain clarity and confidence — and ultimately a new purpose. Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks about transitioning: seriously looking at what’s next at any stage in life. Dan is joined by Jonathan Adler, Ph.D., Nancy Schlossberg, Ph.D., and Vicki Solot.

Jonathan Adler is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He researches the ways in which the process of responding to challenges fuels identity development and well-being. He is a contributor to The World Book of Happiness, writing about creating one’s story in light of our past, present, and future selves.

Nancy Schlossberg is a Professor Emeritus at University of Maryland who’s written extensively about transitions and retirement.

Vicki Solot has just finished her term as president and artistic director of First Person Arts in Philadelphia. She’ll share her thoughts about exploring a question she’s been asking herself lately, “What’s next?”

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