Dr. Dorothy P. Holinger - The Anatomy Of Grief

The 25th episode of the Psychology Podcast with Daniel Karim features Dr. Dorothy Holinger, Harvard psychologist, author, and grief expert.

Grief is an emotional avalanche that we all know all too well…

It’s the invisible hand around our throat that suffocates the joy out of our lungs when our favorite person leaves us prematurely.

It’s the widening of our eyes that occurs when we receive that one phone call that informs us that our life as we know isn’t there anymore.

It’s the numbness in our fingers after we lost something or someone that meant the world to us.

But why precisely do we feel loss physically?

I didn’t know the answer to that question before I reached out to Dr. Dorothy P. Holinger – one of the world-leading experts in grief.

Dr. Holinger knows a thing or two about the emotional and physical suffering that occurs when love is taken away from us…

Dr. Holinger was an academic psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for more than twenty years and in her private psychotherapy practice, she helped countless souls to cope with death and separation, and other life catastrophes.

Dr. Holinger is a personal hero of mine and she is one of the individuals who inspired me to create a grief department at the university that I’m currently building – this interview is a must listen and I highly recommend that you check out Dr. Holinger’s work afterward.

What is this episode about?

  • How to cope with the death of a loved one
  • How to mourn
  • How not to mourn
  • The anatomy of grief
  • Dr. Holinger’s story
  • What to do when a person you love is in grief
  • How to infuse suffering with meaning
  • What most people don’t get about grief
  • The consequences of the covid-situation for grieving rituals

Dorothy P. Holinger
Dorothy P. Holinger, Ph.D., was an academic psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for more than twenty-three years and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for fifteen years. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in English, she earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. With a prestigious National Research Service Award—a grant from the National Institutes of Health—she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Holinger studied the human brain for thirty years and has received grants from the Montreal Neurological Institute and the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association, and she has contributed papers to leading journals such as Brain Research, Archives of Neurology, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, and American Journal of Psychiatry, among others. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband.
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