Closely Related Podcast Episode 3: Should you spill your guts on a first date?
The hosts discuss how to balance being vulnerable while also protecting yourself.
This episode, we discuss how to deal with trauma in different phases of your life. Our first letter write asks—how do you navigate your own mental health while dating? At a certain point you’ve got to say, “Hey, I’ve got some baggage, and my therapist knows about you.” Hannah and Sam are both natural oversharers, and had to learn how to dial it back. But some people have a hard time opening up, and they actually need to let people in. This episode explores the balance of being vulnerable while also protecting yourself.
Our second letter writer survived trauma in her teens and is now feeling more settled as she enters her mid 20’s. The problem is, now she’s bored. Hannah dives into how safety can feel boring for people who are used to chasing security. Sam discusses how this might be a classic quarterlife crisis scenario. The more you settle into a career, city, or home, the more it can feel like you lose freedom and spontaneity. So, do you “blow up your life” and go hike the Appalachian Trail? Or do you just need to take a knitting class? It’s a fine line. We discuss how to figure it out.
To listen to the episode- go to closelyrelatedpodcast.com. Closely Related is an advice podcast hosted by identical twins. Hannah Strom is a therapist that specializes in sex and relationships and Samantha Strom is a career and leadership coach. Listeners write in questions about love, work, and everything in between.