Love, Loneliness & Relationship questions with Smiti Srivastava

Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala

29-12-2022 • 59 mins

Trigger Warning: The following content may contain sensitive themes that is not suitable for all audiences. Listener Discretion is Advised.

Relationships in the digital age are in a league of their own. New terms to describe relationships circulate every few months like the latest fashion trend. Situationship, ghosting, zombie-ing (yes, it’s an actual term), and soft launching are some of the types of relationships the youth find themselves in. Is there a deeper reason for the proliferation of so many non-committal types of relationships, or do they help define the complex tangles of relationships better?

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and  Smiti Srivastava discuss the complicated relationships of the digital age. They discuss everything from cheating, abusive relationships, and how past trauma can form patterns for the kind of relationships we seek.

Smiti Srivastava (@innerconnectionswithsmriti) is a psychotherapist who focusses on relationships as a core area of focus. She has worked extensively with individuals over the age of 16 on various psychological difficulties affecting them.

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About the show

“Take apause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The  Varun Duggi show”) is a twice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

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