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Take charge of your thoughts, take charge of your life! On Love & Life, Dr. Karin explores research-based methods for happy, hopeful, positive living! She delves into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. Each episode leaves listeners with a Love & Life Hack—a quick fix to improve your emotional wellness TODAY! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

Love & Life with Dr. Karin Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell

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Take charge of your thoughts, take charge of your life! On Love & Life, Dr. Karin explores research-based methods for happy, hopeful, positive living! She delves into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. Each episode leaves listeners with a Love & Life Hack—a quick fix to improve your emotional wellness TODAY! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

    What Story Are You Telling Yourself? Writing Therapy with Stacy Brookman Ep. 101

    What Story Are You Telling Yourself? Writing Therapy with Stacy Brookman Ep. 101

    We’ve all heard that journaling can be therapeutic.  But how does writing down our thoughts and feelings heal our emotional wounds?  In this episode, we explore all this and more with Stacy Brookman of “Life Story Laboratory.” Stacy shares how writing helps us process our experiences, recover from trauma, and take back our power!  Stacy explains how we can discover our life’s “theme” and reframe it if it’s not working for us.  She encourages us to identify any lies we’re telling ourselves and replace them with the truth—that we’re strong, capable, and tenacious!  According to psych research, writing fosters resilience and cultivates confidence.  Join us to learn how to implement this powerful practice in your life!

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    Citations:


    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/10503300701691664?scroll=top&needAccess=true
    https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Putting-Feelings-Into-Words-Produces-8047
    https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/for-worriers-expressive-writing-cools-brain-on-stressful-tasks/






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    • 45 min
    Take Charge of Your Thoughts, Take Charge of Your Life: Our 100th Episode! Ep. 100

    Take Charge of Your Thoughts, Take Charge of Your Life: Our 100th Episode! Ep. 100

    We’re celebrating Love & Life’s 100th episode! And, as a thank you to our Love & Life family, we’ve made this episode all about what you love most! We start by discussing the inspiration behind your three favorite Instagram posts—the mindset shifts that helped me remain hopeful and positive despite multiple heartbreaks over my MANY years of dating. We then break down a powerful approach from cognitive therapy to sustainably level up our emotional well being—even during the most painful and challenging times. I then answer 3 listeners’ questions and announce the Love & Life 100th Episode Celebration Giveaway! And the best part? Everyone’s a winner!

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Otherhood: Single Women Without Kids (Who Want Them!) Ep. 99

    Otherhood: Single Women Without Kids (Who Want Them!) Ep. 99

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 is the 12th annual National Auntie’s Day—a day for celebrating the special bond between women and their nieces and nephews.  It’s an opportunity to highlight the unique and important contribution aunts make to the development of the children in their lives.  I’m an aunt and so are many of you, so I’m pleased to welcome the founder of Auntie’s Day and author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, Melanie Notkin, to the program!  In our conversation, Melanie and I discuss:

    ·        How women of The Otherhood manage their ongoing and currently unmet desire for marriage and family.

    ·        The question almost every woman of The Otherhood has asked herself, “Should I settle for a ‘good enough’ guy in order to have children?”

    ·        How to handle invasive and insensitive questions/comments about your life e.g. “You must have focused too much on your career!” or “Didn’t you want kids???”

    ·        The prevailing, yet inaccurate, assumption that women of The Otherhood delayed marriage and child bearing.

    ·        Grieving the loss of the life we’d expected, while embracing the joys of the life we have!

    Aunties matter!  And, despite the fact our lives haven’t played out as planned, we women of The Otherhood, can be assured our nurturing and influence make a profound, positive impact on the children we didn’t create, yet choose to love.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Q&A on Dating and Marital Conflict Ep. 98

    Q&A on Dating and Marital Conflict Ep. 98

    It’s time for another Love & Life Q&A! The first listener asks, “When the guy I’m seeing seems to ‘get quieter’ than he was before, should I pull back?” Another listener wonders, “Why would a man lie about his feelings?” And finally, we delve into the reality that there’s no such thing as a “conflict free” marriage. In fact, according to research by the Gottman Institute, 69% of problems in a relationship will not be solved. A listener asks me specifically, “How do you and your husband agree to disagree? How do you maintain a healthy relationship yet still disagree with each other?” Dan joins me to share how we’ve navigated conflict and challenges in our marriage.

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    • 28 min
    Heartbreak is Hideous. Here’s Help! Ep. 97

    Heartbreak is Hideous. Here’s Help! Ep. 97

    If you’ve been brokenhearted—and, most of us have—you know how excruciatingly painful it is. In fact, brain imaging shows us that the same neural systems involved in physical pain are involved in emotional pain i.e. the angst of a broken heart isn’t so dissimilar from the pain of a broken bone. And frankly, many of us would acknowledge that it feels way worse! So here’s some help for the broken-hearted!  In this episode, I share the science of heartbreak—spoiler alert:  neurologically speaking, you’re essentially addicted to your ex—along with three tangible strategies to help you move past the one who wasn’t right for you, so as to find the one who is!

    Sources:
    https://divorce.lovetoknow.com/Rates_of_Divorce_for_Adultery_and_Infidelity#:~:text=While%20adultery%20is%20no%20longer,20%2D40%20percent%20of%20divorces.

    https://signalscv.com/2019/11/research-how-many-marriages-end-in-divorce-because-of-infidelity/#:~:text=40%25%20of%20adults%20who%20have,are%20currently%20separated%20or%20divorced.&text=In%20contrast%2C%20only%2017%25%20of,to%20no%20longer%20be%20together.&text=Roughly%2050%25%20of%20unfaithful%20partners%20are%20still%20married.

    https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/cfp-0000012.pdf

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    • 35 min
    Can Love Survive Infidelity? Jennifer Lehr, LMFT Ep. 96

    Can Love Survive Infidelity? Jennifer Lehr, LMFT Ep. 96

    What would you do if your partner strayed? Would you leave immediately or try to forgive the betrayal and move on? Could trust ever be rebuilt? Would the indiscretion haunt you forever? When vows have been broken, is a relationship ever salvageable? Marriage and family therapist, Jennifer Lehr, works with couples struggling to repair their relationships post infidelity. The good news—restoration is possible. The better news—it takes a lot of work. How is work BETTER news? Because, as Jennifer explains and the research substantiates, in-depth therapeutic work allows many couples to emerge from counseling stronger, more intimately connected, and happier in their marriages. Yes, infidelity can have a silver lining! Join us to learn:
    · How to rebuild trust and intimacy after betrayal.
    · Strategies for therapy when one partner wants to work on the relationship and the other doesn't.
    · The Two-Person System model and why it’s important in relationships and marriage.
    · Red flags and yellow flags to note when dating.
    · How to educate yourself on what will destroy your relationship and how to prevent those behaviors/attitudes from taking over your relationship.
    · The simple, but profound, recipe for a happy marriage.
    · The most important element therapists provide their clients.
    Jennifer shares wisdom and clinical examples from her 20 years of helping couples find hope and forgiveness, in order to forge a stronger, more intimate and satisfying relationship!

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    • 55 min

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Supeka84 ,

Inspirational!!!

I get excited when a new episode is out!! Even tho not all topics are always relevant to my live right now I always get an “aha” moment on every episode ! Thank you so much for doing this, Dr. Karen!!!

fijimichelita ,

I love Dr Karin

I've been following Dr Karin for a while on instagram and on her podcast, and she has not only been responsive, kind, sweet and authentic but has shifted my mentality completely when it comes to dating and love in the real world. Im so happy I came across her.

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