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The Savvy Psychologist's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health

Welcome to psychology for the rest of us. Host Dr. Monica Johnson takes the science of psychology and makes it both entertaining and relatable. Using a sympathetic ear and evidence-based research, she explains the ‘why’ behind emotions like joy, anger, fear, trust, and anxiety, and helps you better understand the relationships you form with your friends, family, coworkers, and yourself. Seeking a healthier emotional life? It’s time to bring a trained psychologist and mental health expert along for the ride.

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283 - Sleep Hygiene Doesn't Cure Insomnia—Do This Instead

Sleep hygiene is so bad at treating insomnia that it's used as the placebo in clinical sleep trials. Before you buy darker blackout curtains, try these expert tips. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/sleep-hygiene-insomnia | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych

16mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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204 - How To Make Friends as an Adult

Almost everybody struggles with it. But no one talks about it. What is it? How to discreetly sniff your own armpits in public? How not to buy the free sample after you just ate three of them? Not quite; it’s the mysterious process of making friends as an adult. This week, in a twist on the usual episode, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen presents an audio excerpt from her debut book, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety. Read the full transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/how-to-make-friends-as-an-adult Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

40mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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282 - How to Recognize and Avoid Common Thinking Traps - Part 2

Emotional reasoning, catastrophizing, and "shoulds" can keep you stuck and unhappy. There's a reason these common mental snares are called "thinking traps!" TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/thinking-traps-part-2 | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych

9mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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232 - What to Do When Nothing Feels Good

Imagine feeling blah, but on steroids. Or unmotivated, but supersized. Feeling like nothing is enjoyable (and that nothing matters anyway) is a serious symptom called anhedonia. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers two science-backed ways to beat the capital-B blahs. Read the full transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/what-to-do-when-nothing-feels-good Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

11mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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080 SP How Not to be Jealous

Like an ill-fitting suit, jealousy is clingy and unattractive, plus it saps your confidence. This week, by request from listener Sonia A., Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers five tips to stop feeling jealous. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1hSjK6b

8mins

28 Aug 2015

Rank #5

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108 SP Can Love Actually Last?

Can love last? Or does love inevitably settle in, hang around in a stained t-shirt, and get a little too comfortable? Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen looks at the many permutations of love, including everlasting love, which, it turns out, doesn’t just happen in fairytales.  Read the full transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/can-love-actually-last Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

10mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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246 - How to Stop Worrying

Worrying doesn't prevent things from happening, it just means you suffer twice if they do. Here are three strategies to help you stop worrying. Read the full transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/stop-worrying Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

13mins

24 May 2019

Rank #7

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153 SP 3 Toxic Thinking Habits That Feed Your Insecurity

What makes you feel insecure (besides trying on swimwear under fluorescent lighting?) Surprise! The culprit is your very own mind. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals three toxic thinking habits that keep you feeling insecure, plus offers three ways to feel more confident.

12mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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229 - 7 Secrets to a Long-Lasting Relationship

Whether you’re just starting a committed relationship or you’ve got 50 years under your belt, whether your song is "Thinking Out Loud" or "Love Me Tender," whether your next anniversary is paper or diamond, we all need to tend to our relationships. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers 7 science-backed secrets to making a relationship last. Read the full transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/7-secrets-to-a-lasting-relationship Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

13mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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171 - 6 Signs You Were Raised by a Narcissist

Narcissists are like the sun—they make everyone orbit around them. But what happens when someone pathologically vain and egotistical also happens to be your mom or dad? This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen unpacks 6 signs you were raised by a narcissist. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/6-signs-you-were-raised-by-a-narcissist Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych

9mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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251 - Savvy Psychologist’s Top 5 Psychological Takeaways

Dun-dun-dun-DUN! After 5 years, 250 episodes, 14 million downloads, one book, and lots of corny jokes, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen presents her top 5 takeaways from researching, writing, and hosting the show. Read the full transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/top-5-psychology-takeaways Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

11mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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020 SP 6 Ways to Beat Social Anxiety

Everyone needs a room of one’s own, some more often than others. In Part 2 of this series on the various states of solitude, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers tips on how to tell the difference between satisfied solitude and fearful avoidance. Plus - how to ease your social fears.

9mins

27 Nov 2015

Rank #12

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072 SP How to Set Boundaries for Healthy Relationships

Setting boundaries in a relationship sounds formidable, as if it involves barbed wire or palace guards, but actually, boundaries are respectful and healthy. Boundaries need not be approached with a “keep out” sign--it’s just a matter of knowing where you end and another person begins. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen explores how to set boundaries and how to know if yours have been breached. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1SlTC04

8mins

5 Jun 2015

Rank #13

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076 SP 5 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion

Self-criticism can be a healthy motivator or an opportunity for learning. But too often we go overboard, lashing ourselves with insults and magnifying our faults. How to rebalance? Enter self-compassion: rather than judging yourself when things go wrong, you comfort and care for yourself. This week on the Savvy Psychologist podcast, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers 5 ways to practice self-compassion. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1faR0DU

6mins

17 Jul 2015

Rank #14

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061 SP What Is OCPD?

Affecting 3-8% of the population, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is the most common of all the personality disorders. This week, the Savvy Psychologist explains the 8 traits of OCPD.

10mins

13 Mar 2015

Rank #15

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103 SP How to Say No (Without Feeling Guilty)

It’s one of the smallest, shortest words in the English language, but one of the hardest to say. This week, Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen offers 7 ways to say no (and maybe not even feel guilty!) Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1TMKXaK

10mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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242 - 5 Psychological Secrets of Adulting

Whether your graduation is coming up this spring or twenty years behind you, we all have moments when we wonder if we’re cut out for this adulthood thing. This week, based on the questions of many college seniors over many graduations, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen brings you the 5 biggest gems in the psychological crown of adulting.

14mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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252 - The Best-Kept Psychological Secrets

Ta-da! At long last, meet your new Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Jade Wu, and say farewell to your founding host, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen. This week, the two hosts exchange thoughts on the biggest challenges and best-kept secrets in psychology today (and throw in their thoughts on pizza and chickens).

26mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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218 - 5 Signs You're Too Self-Critical

Are you harder on yourself than 40-grit sandpaper? Do you feel like you’re falling short, no matter how high you’ve climbed? Are you tough as nails on yourself, but soft as mashed potatoes with others? Welcome to the esteemed yet insecure club of the highly self-critical. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers 5 signs it’s time to release the pressure. Read the full transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/5-signs-youre-too-self-critical Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW SAVVY PSYCHOLOGIST Order Ellen's book HOW TO BE YOURSELF: https://us.macmillan.com/howtobeyourself/ellenhendriksen/9781250161703/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savvypsychologist On Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdtsavvypsych Download free, science-backed resources to fight social anxiety: http://EllenHendriksen.com

9mins

19 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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013 SP How to Stop Avoiding Conflict

When there’s a tough issue at hand, we run away, avoid people for weeks, screen calls, or pretend to change addresses. The Savvy Psychologist has 13 tips on how to stop avoiding conflict and tackle those tough conversations.

10mins

4 Apr 2014

Rank #20