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"The Dysfunctional Toaster" with host Justine Carino, LMHC

Today’s show is a solo episode! Although I really love sitting down and connecting with my guests, I’m excited to share more solo episodes with advice on ways to boost your overall mental health. In this episode, I talk about family systems and how they affect the relationships we choose for ourselves. This isn’t just limited to romantic relationships, but friendships too. Tune in to hear exactly how our family of origin can influence who we choose to surround ourselves with, without even knowing it!


This episodes dives into:

  • How our families are our templates to connections and emotions throughout our life.
  • Familiarity is comfortable and predictable, even if it’s dysfunctional.
  • Human’s adoration and desire for predictability.
  • How our subconscious is shaped from our life experiences.
  • Understanding that a lot of dysfunction is unintentional.
  • The role of empathy in facing dysfunction.
  • Reflecting on our patterns to transform our habits and lead happier lives.


Guest Info:

You can connect with me on Instagram at @_thoughtsfromthecouch_.