Love & Life with Dr. Karin

Love & Life with Dr. Karin

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:


December 2, 2022 51 min
Do you feel judged for your financial choices? If you’re single, you’ve likely experienced single shaming. And, you probably have also experienced shaming around your financial situation. Single shaming and finances are a thing. Emily Burnett should know. In her twenties, she was $50,000 in debt. She felt the shame. Then, she pulled herself out of debt and she now helps others create a plan to move from financial shackles to financ...
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We wrapped up our recent Love & Life Live by answering questions from both our Instagram viewers and in-person audience.

Elliott and I shared our thoughts on the following questions:

  • What is an appropriate pacing for a relationship?
  • Butterflies—are we looking for them? Or, is it better to go for that calm feeling?
  • How can I know his or her intentions?
  • How do I know if my attraction is healthy or if I’m attracted to people who aren...
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    In this second part of our recent Love & Life Live, psychotherapist Elliott Anderson and I continue our conversation on how to cultivate deep, authentic, emotionally healthy intimacy.

    Specifically, we tackle the following:

  • 10 Warning Signs in Relationships.
  • 10 Environmental Contexts and Concerns.
  • 10 Family of Origin Dynamics to Observe and Discuss.
  • 4 Non-negotiable Dealbreakers!
  • Yes, love is a mystery, but we can take some of the ...

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    It’s time for another Love & Life Live! Psychotherapist Elliott Anderson invited me to join him at Judson University last week in his Interpersonal Relationships class. In part 1 of the live, we delve into: The characteristics of authentic intimate relationships. The characteristics of intimate conversations. Healthy, appropriate pacing in friendship development. The characteristics of long-term romantic relationships. The weak...

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    Kara and I are back with an Instagram Live to talk about how to date empowered!

    In today’s live we cover these realities and MORE!

  • Why you shouldn’t ask a man, “What are we? Where is this going?”
  • Why the men you don’t like seem to always pursue you!
  • The difference between red flags and deal breakers.
  • Why emotional maturity is the goal—we bring it to the table when we’re dating and we have every right to expect it!
  • How traditional mascu...
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    If you’ve ever wondered if you have “daddy issues” or been curious as to how your relationship with your father influences the men you choose and the dynamics you experience in relationships, this episode is for you!  Psychotherapist Elliott Anderson and I take a deep dive into how father wounds show up in our romantic relationships—and most importantly, how we can heal these wounds so as to avoid repeating painful patterns.  Ellio...

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    Elliott is back to answer your questions about cultivating healthy, happy relationships! We address the following questions you posed on Instagram:

    1.     Which is more important—personality or looks?

    2.     You two make me happy. What are your signs?

    3.     Are you twins?

    4.     I just started a new relationship. What are some of the things we can do to know if this is it? Neither of us has been in a relationship this healthy befo...

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    Unpopular opinion:  Relationships shouldn’t be all that hard.

    It’s an unpopular opinion because the rhetoric around relationships is that they’re so incredibly difficult; you just gotta dig in and not give up.

    And yes, once we’ve committed—when we’re married, and we’ve taken vows, and there might be children involved, of course I believe in persevering and sticking with it. As we move through struggles we can—and do—deepen our inti...

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    We’ve all heard, “You are what you eat.” But what about, “You FEEL what you eat”? Put another way, how much of Americans’ struggle with depression and anxiety is due to our diet?

    To tackle this question, I’ve invited Functional Medicine Health Coach Amanda Jones to the program.

    In our conversation, Amanda and I take issue with the Standard American Diet and Western Medicine’s conventional approach. Specifically, we ask:

  • Is minimizi...
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    If you’ve been on the dating scene for a while, you’re probably weary of online and app dating.

    I hear the same thing when I interact with singles in my community. I get it. I wasn’t a fan myself. It was incredibly time intensive and I didn’t like the feelings that came up for me.

    For this reason, I devoted an entire chapter of my book, Single is the New Black: Don’t Wear White ‘til it’s Right, to online and app dating i.e. it’s ...

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    As a scientist, physician, and attorney with over 50 years researching and publishing in top tier academic journals and presenting at conferences and conventions, Dr. Richard Fleming is uniquely positioned to critically examine the last 2 ½ years.

    In our conversation Dr. Richard Fleming addresses the following:

  • The misinformation from both “sides.”
  • Is asymptomatic transmission a thing?
  • Vaccine efficacy—it’s likely NOT what you think!
  • ...
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    I wanted to wrap up our celebration of National Unmarried & Single Americans week with a fan favorite and my favorite guest, of course, psychotherapist Elliott Anderson.

    When I was considering what I wanted Elliott to share, I thought about all the couples he’s worked with over the years. He’s seen it all—from those who just needed some tools to get through a rough patch, to couples who could barely stand to be in the same room...

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    Have you ever wondered if fear is keeping you from love? Are you afraid of getting hurt? Afraid of being smothered? Afraid of both?

    Today’s episode is part 2 of my conversation with Katherine Baldwin, author of, How to Fall in Love:  A 10 Step Journey to the Heart.

    If you haven’t listened to part 1, please jump back to episode 205 to hear Katherine share how her anxious/avoidant attachment style caused her struggle as she tried to ...

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    What if being single isn’t about “waiting for The One” but rather, it’s about loving the life right in front of us? Can we be alone, but not lonely? How do we make peace with our single season?

    In her book, Single Shouldn’t Suck, Esther Marie asserts we CAN live life to the fullest—even when we’re single and desiring partnership.

    Esther joins us to celebrate National Unmarried & Single Americans Week! We discuss her book and th...

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    We’ve often spoken to Attachment Styles on the podcast, but in today’s episode we’ll hear a firsthand account from British author and coach, Katherine Baldwin. Katherine married in midlife and as she’s reflected on her dating history, she recognizes her attachment style—a mix of avoidant and anxious—caused her to repeatedly sabotage relationships and walk away from them.

    But most importantly, in this two part series, Katherine shar...

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    It’s National Unmarried and Single Americans Week, and to kick things off, we’re bringing back Love & Life fan favorite, Dr. Duana Welch, to talk about the revised version of her classic book, Love Factually:  10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do.

    From the very first time I read Love Factually, it became my go-to “how to date smarter, not harder” resource, because every recommendation Dr. Welch provides is grounded in psych rese...

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    September 15, 2022 65 min

    Breakups are hardest when the relationship is almost right. I should know—I almost married the “wrong man” (for me) because there was absolutely nothing “wrong” with him. 

    He was almost right. 

    But, is “good enough” good enough for marriage?

    For me, it wasn’t. 

    I told my runaway bride story with Ané Auret and because I’d never shared the whole story with you, I wanted to post it on Love & Life. 

    We’ve all faced crossroads where...

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    September 9, 2022 24 min

    As most of you know, I wrote my book because I found so many self-help books for singles to be utterly UNhelpful! That being said, over the years, I did come across—thankfully!—several supportive and empowering books.

    In a few weeks we’ll be celebrating National Unmarried & Single Americans week so I thought we’d kick off September with a review of some of my fav books for living single. They got me through the tough times and ...

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    For the last year, people have been asking me, “Have you watched Dopesick? Karin, you have to see it!” So, I subscribed to Hulu and started the series and also read the book on which the series is based.

    The true story is incredibly disturbing and tragic and heartbreaking.

    Author Beth Macy exposes how Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin, convinced doctors their patients had virtually no chance of becoming addicted to their new “...

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    It’s our 200th episode—time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed!

    My first thought is how grateful I am for the opportunity to share with you and our community. Your comments, emails, and dms mean everything to me. They let me know you resonate with Love & Life’s mission:  “Conversations grounded in psych research to help us thrive in love and life.”

    On Love & Life, we’re all about the research–which is why...

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