Episode 96: Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell, Developmental Psychologist, Author, Musician, Host of the "Love & Life Podcast"


November 5th, 2019

1 hr 26 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

Show Description:

Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell (@dr.karin) is a Developmental Psychologist, Musician, Host of the "Love & Life Podcast", Author of "Single is the New Black: Don't Wear White 'til it's Right". Throughout her career, she worked as a Therapist for kids and teenagers in the Chicago Welfare System and a Professor at Chicago State University and Concordia University (River Forest).
In this interview, Karin talks about all aspects of being a therapist for young kids experiencing trauma, the motivations behind her podcast and book, and the importance of being in patient in finding the right love for yourself.
You can learn more about Karin by vising drkarin.me.

Show Highlights:

3:30-9:00: Karin gives a brief background on how she chose the psychology path, aspirations to be a therapist, and her experience as a professor.
9:00-16:00: Karin talks how she is using conversations in psychology research to help people through  her "Love & Life Podcast".
16:00-35:00: Karin describes her experience working as a therapist for young kids and teenagers in the Chicago Welfare System, psychological development with kids in unstable environments, making sense of trauma, and coaching methods to helping them live a meaningful life.
35:00-45:00: Karin talks about the how children are affected by emotional discord in the family and parents, which leads into great insights on how a healthy family operates.
45:00-1:01:30: Karin highlights the importance of finding the best love for yourself and the difference between loving someone and being in love. She shares her story of what she learned from walking away from an engagement and waiting it out for the perfect marriage.
1:01:30-1:02:30: Karin talks about her singing career, using her feeling to impact her songwriting process, and how she lets herself feel free and non-critical throughout her experience.
1:02:30-1:23:30: We end the show by asking Karin the motivations behind writing her book "Single is the New Black: Don't Wear White 'til it's Right", and how she communicates the importance of not settling, while remaining happy, hopeful, and positive.