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Explore the messy, imperfect road of life with Dr. Carla while you exercise, relax, and go about your daily routine.

 

“I deeply appreciate Dr. Carla’s Imperfect Love podcast. As I drive home in traffic from Los Angeles, rush hour becomes wise hour. Instead of being frustrated, I am in the good doctor’s wise, caring, and compassionate company.”

–Wendy

Imperfect Love Podcast

Tired of striving to be perfect? Looking to find perfect love or trying to give perfect love?  Let go of the impossible! No one is perfect. It’s giving and receiving our very best imperfect love that brings joy, success, and fulfillment. 

Join Dr. Carla Marie Manly on the Imperfect Love podcast and discover how to transform love’s struggles and flaws into uplifting growth.  Dr. Carla, renowned psychologist, author, and self-fulfillment expert, guides you with wit and ease using her empowering, loved-based approach. Each episode leaves you stronger and more capable of accepting your imperfections and those of others while you grow from these challenges. Find the power to break free from whatever holds you back.  Discover how to channel your worries and self-criticism into positive energy. Give and receive the love that is right for you–with all its human imperfections. 

No subject is off-limits including boundaries, dating, red flags, toxic dynamics, dead-end relationships, emotional intelligence (EQ), hookup culture, sex, attachment issues, emotional health, self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression, infidelity, betrayal, marriage, divorce, LGBTQIA2S+, situationships, parenting, empty nesting, grandparenting, burnout, shame, conflict, and everything in between.

Welcome Imperfect Love into your life by tuning in now at https://www.drcarlamanly.com.

Disclaimer: This podcast is purely educational and is not a replacement for professional psychological support. In case of emergency, contact your nearest hospital or emergency hotline such as “911” (US), “999” (UK), or “112” (EU).

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With help from guest authors, experts, and community and business leaders, the Familius Helping Families Be Happy podcast explores topics and issues that connect families to the nine habits of a happy family: love, play, learn, work, talk, heal, read, eat, and laugh together.

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Healing from Family and Romantic Relationship Betrayals with Expert Dr. Debi Silber

Healing from Family and Romantic Relationship Betrayals with Expert Dr. Debi Silber

  We often crave to be loved perfectly, yet human love is naturally imperfect. And while it’s normal for us to unintentionally let each other…

The Joy and Freedom of Being Imperfect with Expert Debra Fox Gansenberg

The Joy and Freedom of Being Imperfect with Expert Debra Fox Gansenberg

  We often believe that if we try harder and harder to be the perfect partner, parent, friend, or employee, we will somehow create a…

The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot Gaslighters and Heal from Emotional Manipulation with Expert Dr. Robin Stern

The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot Gaslighters and Heal from Emotional Manipulation with Expert Dr. Robin Stern

  Gaslighting. It’s an increasingly common term that dates back to a 1938 British Play, Gas Light, and subsequent movies focused on the power of…

Untying the Anxiety Knot with Mental Health Expert Lisa Sugarman

Untying the Anxiety Knot with Mental Health Expert Lisa Sugarman

Anxiety has a way of weaving itself into our bodies, brains, and lives. Struggles with anxiety often begin in childhood and, by adulthood, can become…

Truth, Lies, and Confessions: The Fear of Sharing Dark Secrets with Mental Health Advocate Tobi Ojekunle

Truth, Lies, and Confessions: The Fear of Sharing Dark Secrets with Mental Health Advocate Tobi Ojekunle

  Secrets. Lies. Truth. Confessions. We often learn to hide parts of who we are–including the mistakes we’ve made along the way. Yet, I’ve found…

Feeling Blocked? Bring Your Dreams to Life Through the Power of Manifestation with Expert Julia Griffin

Feeling Blocked? Bring Your Dreams to Life Through the Power of Manifestation with Expert Julia Griffin

  It can be easy to fall into indifference, hopelessness, or despair when we’re met with roadblocks over and over again. Yet I’ve found that–even…

PTSD and Children: Supportive Insights for Parents with Expert Jolene Philo

PTSD and Children: Supportive Insights for Parents with Expert Jolene Philo

  PTSD and children—it’s a critical topic. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is increasingly common in our challenging world, and while it’s often difficult to recognize…

Motherhood Matters! Empowering and Uplifting Self-Care Tips for Moms with Expert Dayna M. Kurtz, LCSW

Motherhood Matters! Empowering and Uplifting Self-Care Tips for Moms with Expert Dayna M. Kurtz, LCSW

  Every day, millions of women struggle in their new (or existing) roles as mothers. No matter how much a woman desires to be a…

Motherhood is Beautiful and Hard! From Managing Stress to Post-Partum Depression, Dive Into Powerful Self-Care Tips with Expert Tracy Gold

Motherhood is Beautiful and Hard! From Managing Stress to Post-Partum Depression, Dive Into Powerful Self-Care Tips with Expert Tracy Gold

  Motherhood is wonderful, yet, as any mom can tell you, it’s not always sunshine, roses, and smiles. From the challenges of physiological changes, self-doubt,…

Break Free of Stress and Burnout Using the Power of Mindful Intention with Expert Chantay Golson

Break Free of Stress and Burnout Using the Power of Mindful Intention with Expert Chantay Golson

  Tired of endless chaos? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Burnt out? Exhausted? If you’re nodding along, you’re likely feeling the effects of the hustle culture. The cure…

Love, Loss, and Grieving: Getting Stuck, Moving Forward, and Letting Go with Expert Mark Ed

Love, Loss, and Grieving: Getting Stuck, Moving Forward, and Letting Go with Expert Mark Ed

  LOVE is the greatest gift we are ever given. It brings us purpose, joy, connection, and life itself. Yet because we love, we also…

Heal From Betrayal Via Gentle Self-Love With Award-Winning Expert Noah benShea

Heal From Betrayal Via Gentle Self-Love With Award-Winning Expert Noah benShea

  We want to believe that love will last forever, and perhaps it does. Yet, as imperfect humans, we sometimes let down others—and even ourselves—in…

THE CURE FOR ECO-ANXIETY! Discover Simple Tips to Create Inner Peace and Lasting Change with Expert Laura Paskus

THE CURE FOR ECO-ANXIETY! Discover Simple Tips to Create Inner Peace and Lasting Change with Expert Laura Paskus

  Eco-anxiety is on the rise. We see and feel the effects of climate change at every turn. From natural disasters to increasingly unpredictable weather…

Lasting Love: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Relationships with Expert Myrna Haskell

Lasting Love: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Relationships with Expert Myrna Haskell

  Real love takes work! It’s easy to believe that healthy relationships should “just happen.” Our happily-ever-after fairy tales perpetuate the myth that love relationships…

Suffering from Imposter Syndrome? Filled with Self-Doubt? Discover Empowering Tips for Embracing Self-Worth with Expert Linda Sanderville

Suffering from Imposter Syndrome? Filled with Self-Doubt? Discover Empowering Tips for Embracing Self-Worth with Expert Linda Sanderville

  Imposter syndrome haunts many of us. For those who suffer from this self-defeating dynamic, I’ve found that feelings of being an imposter stay entrenched…

Feeling Powerless? Create BIG Changes in Your World via Small Acts of Kindness with Expert Magali Limeta

Feeling Powerless? Create BIG Changes in Your World via Small Acts of Kindness with Expert Magali Limeta

Feeling stressed and powerless in today’s chaotic world? At every turn, we are faced with important concerns: political turmoil, global warming, environmental disasters, wars, pollution,…

Unhealthy Food Habits? Rewire Your Brain for Lasting Change with Nutrition Expert Eydie Desser

Unhealthy Food Habits? Rewire Your Brain for Lasting Change with Nutrition Expert Eydie Desser

  Are your eating habits bringing you down? We often believe that what we eat has little, if any, impact on our psychological health. Especially…

Reduce Stress! Create Balance! Optimize Your Emotional and Physical Well-being with Somatic Expert Dr. Amy Wheeler

Reduce Stress! Create Balance! Optimize Your Emotional and Physical Well-being with Somatic Expert Dr. Amy Wheeler

  Looking for an antidote to stress? If you feel constantly out of balance, anxious, or stressed, you’re not alone. When life feels challenging or…

Simple Steps to Lasting Joy with Expert Lisa McCourt

Simple Steps to Lasting Joy with Expert Lisa McCourt

  We are often expected to stay happy—to be cheery and upbeat no matter what is going on in our lives. As a result of…

Create a NEW Experience of Love and Relationship by Healing Your Inner Child with Expert Rebeccah Silence

Create a NEW Experience of Love and Relationship by Healing Your Inner Child with Expert Rebeccah Silence

  Are you a prisoner of your past? Is it possible to access your inner child to heal the wounds that keep you stuck? Can…

Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect Self with Body Positivity Expert Emily Lauren Dick

Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect Self with Body Positivity Expert Emily Lauren Dick

  The pressure to look perfect–and be perfect–is exhausting and expensive on many levels. In the quest to live up to impossibly high beauty standards,…

You Are Enough! You Do Enough! You Have Enough! The Upside of Inner Contentment! with Expert Sheridan Stewart

You Are Enough! You Do Enough! You Have Enough! The Upside of Inner Contentment! with Expert Sheridan Stewart

  We often have scripts running in our heads that tell us we should be more, do more, and obtain more. These inner narratives work…

Sensitivity as a Superpower! Tips for Mindfully Embracing Sensitivity with Expert Rebecca Strong, Writer, Singer, and HSP!

Sensitivity as a Superpower! Tips for Mindfully Embracing Sensitivity with Expert Rebecca Strong, Writer, Singer, and HSP!

  If you’re a sensitive person, you may have been told that you are the problem—that if only you weren’t “so sensitive,” everything would be…

How Insecure Attachment Feeds Unhealthy Behaviors with Expert Jasmine Alexander, Registered Clinical Counselor

How Insecure Attachment Feeds Unhealthy Behaviors with Expert Jasmine Alexander, Registered Clinical Counselor

People-pleasing tendencies tend to begin in early childhood and often stem from insecure attachment. From childhood forward, we often learn to please others to obtain…

Boosting Your Body Image and Eating Habits with Expert Bri DeRosa

Boosting Your Body Image and Eating Habits with Expert Bri DeRosa

  Body image. Food. Perfectionism. The relationships we have with our bodies and the food we eat are shaped by factors such as childhood environments…

Manifest Incredible Abundance with Expert Jessica Lancaster

Manifest Incredible Abundance with Expert Jessica Lancaster

  Manifesting! This singular word is magical to some and cringe-worthy to others. Yet, when manifesting is mindfully embraced, it can become a powerful tool…

The Wild, Wonderful World of Imperfect Parenting with Expert Heather Aranda, Mother of Eight

The Wild, Wonderful World of Imperfect Parenting with Expert Heather Aranda, Mother of Eight

Balancing family, marriage, work, and at least a touch of self-care isn’t easy. Sometimes, the harder we strive to get it all done perfectly, the…

Crafting Healthy Friendships at Every Stage in Life with Expert Jessica Speer

Crafting Healthy Friendships at Every Stage in Life with Expert Jessica Speer

Healthy friendships are food for the soul. Indeed, the best relationships are rooted in mutual kindness, honesty, and respect. With loneliness at epidemic levels, it’s…

Neurodivergence, Trauma, and Special Needs! Strength-Based Tips for Fostering Healthy Family Time with Expert Bri DeRosa

Neurodivergence, Trauma, and Special Needs! Strength-Based Tips for Fostering Healthy Family Time with Expert Bri DeRosa

  Neurodiversity—the idea that each person experiences and interacts with the world around them in different ways—is a truly empowering concept. When we remove labels…

Nurturing Sisterhood: Keys to Connecting with Sisters of the Soul and Heart with Experts Sabrina and Eunice Moyle

Nurturing Sisterhood: Keys to Connecting with Sisters of the Soul and Heart with Experts Sabrina and Eunice Moyle

The power of sisterhood can be amazing despite—and sometimes because of—the imperfections each person brings to the relationship. When sisters unite in heart, soul, and…

Fostering Healthy Boundaries and Empowerment with Expert June Smalls

Fostering Healthy Boundaries and Empowerment with Expert June Smalls

From the norms that push people-pleasing behaviors to the influences of patriarchal households, it’s easy to end up feeling small and boundaryless. In our natural…

Plagued by Self-Doubt, Anxiety, or Panic Attacks? Free Yourself from Fear with Expert Dr. Friedemann Schaub

Plagued by Self-Doubt, Anxiety, or Panic Attacks? Free Yourself from Fear with Expert Dr. Friedemann Schaub

Anxiety. It’s a powerful force that can take hold of us and control every aspect of our lives. Anxiety, which is a form of fear,…

REAL Family is Made, Not Born! From Attachment to Self-Care, Expert Dr. Denise Wagner Offers Top Tips on Parenting and Adoption!

REAL Family is Made, Not Born! From Attachment to Self-Care, Expert Dr. Denise Wagner Offers Top Tips on Parenting and Adoption!

We often believe that families are based on shared genes—that biology itself creates family. Yet in my professional and personal experience, I’ve surely found that…

Discover and Live Your Passion with the Power of Your Inner Self with Wellness Expert Andrea Menard

Discover and Live Your Passion with the Power of Your Inner Self with Wellness Expert Andrea Menard

  Discover your power, joy, and purpose! If we let others’ expectations dictate our lives, we run the risk of never discovering our true purpose.…

Emotional Vampires: How to Detect Them and Keep Yourself Safe from Their Energy-Draining Ways!

Emotional Vampires: How to Detect Them and Keep Yourself Safe from Their Energy-Draining Ways!

  Emotional vampires specialize in sucking up your energy, joy, and inner peace. At their core, emotional vampires are empty, and their self-centered behaviors take…

An Inside Look at the Highs and Lows of Chronic Depression with Expert Owen Dara

An Inside Look at the Highs and Lows of Chronic Depression with Expert Owen Dara

  Love. Music. Passion. Creative Genius. Chronic Depression. Success. Those who live with chronic depression are often deeply misunderstood. Recent research shows that nearly 1…

Get Unstuck! Discover How to Live Your Best, Imperfect Life with Expert Arash Farzaneh

Get Unstuck! Discover How to Live Your Best, Imperfect Life with Expert Arash Farzaneh

  We often have secret dreams that we want to pursue but are fearful of taking the next step. All too often, we find ourselves…

The Huge Upsides of Domestically Committed Fatherhood with Expert Tim J. Myers

The Huge Upsides of Domestically Committed Fatherhood with Expert Tim J. Myers

Looking for ways to create equality and balance at home? It’s exhausting when household responsibilities aren’t divvied up fairly. Even in today’s world, women often…

DISCOVER THE JOY FACTOR! Foster Well-Being Using the Art of Summoning Joy with Expert Ari Honarvar

DISCOVER THE JOY FACTOR! Foster Well-Being Using the Art of Summoning Joy with Expert Ari Honarvar

  Discover the Joy Factor! Boost your mental health and improve your resilience through the practice of summoning joy. The negativity bias—the natural, protective tendency…

Manipulators and Predators are Everywhere! Discover How to Spot Red Flags and Heal from Manipulation!

Manipulators and Predators are Everywhere! Discover How to Spot Red Flags and Heal from Manipulation!

  Manipulators and predators are everywhere! Unfortunately, most of us have found ourselves in the hands of a manipulator at least once in our lives.…

Empowering Tips for Parents Facing Stress and Overwhelm with Expert Maggie Stevens

Empowering Tips for Parents Facing Stress and Overwhelm with Expert Maggie Stevens

  Parenting is challenging, and as hard as we try to avoid making mistakes, we muck it up sometimes. Even when our hearts are in…

11 Powerful Tips for Freeing Yourself from Toxic Positivity

11 Powerful Tips for Freeing Yourself from Toxic Positivity

Toxic positivity can erode our mental, emotional, and physical health. When we feel forced to appear happy, even when we’re exhausted, sad, or crumbling inside–the…

Improving Well-Being and Work-Life Balance by Embracing Creativity with Expert Dr. Vanessa S. O’Neal

Improving Well-Being and Work-Life Balance by Embracing Creativity with Expert Dr. Vanessa S. O’Neal

  It’s easy to get out of balance. All too often we get stuck in a cycle of giving too much to work, family, and…

Creating Perfectly Imperfect Sex and Intimacy

Creating Perfectly Imperfect Sex and Intimacy

  Sex and sexual intimacy can bring couples together or tear them apart. Our sex lives are rarely perfect, but, as imperfect humans, we often…

Overcoming Fear of Failure with Expert Dr. Shelley Davidow

Overcoming Fear of Failure with Expert Dr. Shelley Davidow

Afraid of failure? Tired of not getting it “right”? The idea of failure looms dark and large in our heads and hearts. We tend to…

The Painful Truth of the “Perfect” Narcissist

The Painful Truth of the “Perfect” Narcissist

Narcissists! Given the masks they wear, you often can’t spot a narcissist until you’re knee-deep in the relationship. Sadly, a relationship with a true narcissist…

How to Tame Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Obsessive Thoughts with Expert Dr. David Hanscom

How to Tame Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Obsessive Thoughts with Expert Dr. David Hanscom

If you’re suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, or obsessive thoughts, you’re not alone! Anxiety can get the better of us and lead to downward spirals…

Healing from the Deep Pain of Emotional and Physical Betrayal

Healing from the Deep Pain of Emotional and Physical Betrayal

Betrayal takes many forms, but all of them can be exceedingly painful. Sadly, we are sometimes betrayed by the very people we count on most…

Creating a Sacred Space for Self-Care, Sanity, and Imperfect Love with Expert Erika Kotite

Creating a Sacred Space for Self-Care, Sanity, and Imperfect Love with Expert Erika Kotite

Life isn’t perfect, and sometimes we get lost along the way–or never had the opportunity to find our authentic selves. This uplifting episode is devoted…

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