Falling in Love
S5. Episode 1: Falling In Love: How do YOU fall in love? Is it an up-all-night, fairy tale, magical whirlwind where you hurl yourself into the mad rush of euphoria, like Tracy does? Or is it more measured and slow burning, bucking all the Hollywood expectations of the happily ever after, like Corey goes about it? Tune in as Corey and Tracy talk about their experiences falling in love (not with each other!), societal expectations on what falling in love should look like, and whether “Pow, Boom, Bang” is real.
S5. Episode 2: The Flow and Pace of a New Relationship: Exclusivity, situationships, playing the field…Listen as Corey and Tracy discuss the many factors that go into figuring out the flow and pace of a new relationship. While both aspire to channel Dr. Frankie’s advice to explore options and take it slow before committing, Corey and Tracy share their visceral reaction to any dating or relationship activity that does not involve settling down right out of the gate. Tracy sums it up for the two of them: Move quickly from the apps, “take it live,” and establish an exclusive relationship right away. However, there are many ways to go about deciding the flow and pace of a new relationship. And, they both believe that knowing what you want and being transparent about it is what is most essential.
S5. Episode 3: The Honeymoon Phase with Brittany Steckel: What is the honeymoon phase exactly? We meet that new person, fall head over heels, and float in bliss…for a few months, perhaps. Then, real life sets in. Join us as we talk with individual and couples’ counselor, Brittany Steckel, about what happens to our bodies and minds at the beginning of a relationship, how attachment styles might impact how we transition into the post-honeymoon phase, and the role of novelty in keeping the spark. Tracy shares how she values a growth mindset in a partner where deep conversations, even on day one, can help them learn about themselves and each other. Corey’s less organic tactic, instead resembling a well-orchestrated lesson plan on emotional intelligence, shows up as conversations about the day’s “highlights and lowlights” over dinner every night. Regardless of how they go about it, both believe that establishing an emotional depth at the onset is what can make a relationship loving and sustainable well after the honeymoon phase ends.
S5. Episode 4: Maintaining Independence with Lindsay Andrews: Tune in for an insightful conversation with codependency expert and educator, Lindsay Andrews. We chat all things codependency – from how to recognize it, how to break the cycle, and how to set boundaries moving forward. Hear as we all pipe in, particularly Lindsay, about the myth of the “you complete me” and “you’re my other half” sayings, especially in light of codependency. Tracy questions whether her investment in relationships is actually overinvestment, while Corey asks Lindsay if, in an effort to avoid codependency, couples can be too independent. And, back by popular demand, a conversation about the “ugly baby doll,” sparked by Tracy, leads to a lively discussion for everyone.
S5. Episode 5: The Influence of Friends and Family: What if your friends or family members don’t like your new love? Are they good barometers for identifying red flags or just naysayers who don’t understand how awesome your new partner is? Or, what if they love your new boo…more than you do? Listen as Corey and Tracy discuss these and other deep questions about the power of others in influencing relationship decisions. Tracy shares how her polarizing approach to life allows her to manage others’ opinions about her relationships, and Corey discusses how her harmonizing approach can sometimes trigger unnecessary overthinking. As usual, both have very different takes on how others influence their relationships.
S5. Episode 6: Types, Styles, and Preferences: Tools for Learning About Yourself and Your Partner: Ever wondered why when traveling with your partner, you want to chill out but your partner wants to follow a detailed itinerary? Or, that you want start assembling IKEA furniture right away while your partner would rather do an inventory of every piece? Each of us has preferences and styles that help us navigate the world. Sometimes, they match with those of our partners, and sometimes they don’t. Listen as Corey and Tracy explore personality assessments as well as love languages to learn more about how we show up in relationships, what we come to expect from others, and working with our partners to maximize commonalities and leverage differences into strengths.
S5. Episode 7: Bringing the Past to the Present with Laura Giles: Join us as we talk with shadow worker and coach, Laura Giles, who shares insight on understanding how past trauma, particularly from one’s childhood, can emerge in a new romantic relationship. Through our conversation, Tracy’s oft-said comment, “when it’s hysterical, it’s historical” and quest for every first date to take place at a therapy session comes to life as Laura talks about the power of therapy, DBT, and meditation in mitigating the effects of past trauma in a new partnership. Corey readily admits, though, that any meditation beyond one minute is simply too long to “do nothing” as Laura says. Thankfully, they learned…one minute is all it takes, apparently.
S5. Episode 8: Soulmates, Karmic Partners, and Twin Flames with Carol McGlinchey: Join us as we talk with certified regression therapist, spiritual intuitive, and psychic medium, Carol McGlinchey, about the influence of past lives in falling in love. Carol was trained and certified by Dr. Brian Weiss and James Van Praagh, pioneers in past life regression. Her insights on falling in love with yourself, the societal fallacy of the one “soulmate,” and how soul circles, karmic contracts, and free will provides a lens in which to embrace relationships. Hear as Corey learns that karmic debt doesn’t need to be settled by both partners at the same time – one can have resolve whereas the other might not be ready. And, Tracy is affirmed that she is her own best soulmate.
S5. Episode 9: Conflict Early On with Dr. Heather Browne: Join us as we talk with relationship expert, Dr. Heather Browne, as she shares wisdom and strategies for enhancing communication and dealing with conflict at the beginning stages of a relationship. But, this episode is like any other – Corey and Tracy see the world quite differently, with Tracy believing that conflict at the beginning can alleviate conflict down the road and Corey believing that sometimes too much conflict early on is a sign to part ways. Which is it? Dr. Heather Browne helps us figure it all out.
S5. Episode 10: Falling in Love . . . with Corey and Tracy: Tune in to hear the backstories from Corey and Tracy about what each of their first “falling in love” experiences felt like. Corey shares her “in the closet” Notebook-like first love that came crashing and burning down, whereas Tracy talks about her college love triangle that led her to someone else.