Without a doubt, romantic love is a driving force in our culture — with countless movies, songs and books devoted to finding it, losing it or making it last. Falling in (or out of) love can feel so intense in our own lives, but our fundamental assumptions about what love really is are not always correct.
In this episode of Movers & Thinkers, we talk to three guests who have seen a lot of love, heartbreak and romantic confusion: relationship therapist Jeannie Ingram, divorce attorney Siew-Ling Shea, and Alex Pollack, a writer who muses on modern dating culture.
The show's host and producer is Emily Siner. Its editors are Mack Linebaugh, Anita Bugg and Blake Farmer, and its engineers are Carl Pederson and Cameron Adkins. Music by Blue Dot Sessions courtesy of the Free Music Archive. To find more Nashville Public Radio podcasts, go to podcasts.wpln.org.
Jeannie Ingram is a Licensed Professional Counselor, speaker and workshop presenter in Nashville. She is passionate about helping couples understand their unconscious journey from "romantic love" to the "power struggle" phase, and how that dynamic helps us grow into "conscious love." In Imago therapy, Jeannie teaches couples how to unpack their triggers and communicate more deeply. Prior to her work in private practice, Jeannie also worked in the field of crisis intervention and violence against women.
Siew-Ling Shea has helped people navigate emotionally taxing family legal disputes, and move on, since 2001. She has handled hundreds of domestic cases as an attorney at Rogers, Kamm & Shea, and she has found that the majority of conflicts can be resolved amicably when spouses are centered on finding solutions. Siew-Ling earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nashville School of Law and is a trained Rule 31 mediator and collaborative divorce lawyer.
Alex Pollack is an essayist who's recently contributed to Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling and The Porch's Heartbreak Happy Hour. While spending his 20s and some of his 30s immersed in singlehood, he's written about the sloppy swiping chaos of contemporary dating culture for blogs like The Good Men Project and Jewcy. A native of Memphis, he has an MFA from the University of Central Florida and moved back to Tennessee two years ago.