Being Human Podcast - Episode 106: The Psychology of the Incarnation

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 106 of the Being Human Podcast: The Psychology of the Incarnation

This week, we’re doing something new! In this episode, taken from an introductory lecture in our new Certification, Dr. Greg offers a brief reflection on the Incarnation - God made man - and explains why it matters for more than just our spiritual life. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • What it means that Christ reveals man to himself; 
  • The importance of reflecting on Jesus as an incarnate person who had flesh and blood and a brain; 
  • Our tendency to overemphasize Christ’s divinity while losing a sense of his humanity; 
  • Jesus as the bridge between the divinity of God and our humanity; 
  • What it means to follow Christ and what’s required to do so;
  • The uniqueness of each person and their particular mission; 
  • Victor Frankl’s experience and the importance of having meaning in one’s life.  


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.