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Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.
Every day, the headlines push our buttons of alarm, despair, and fury all at once. What’s a thinking, feeling human to do? Call on these 5 actions.
Got sucked into a YouTube rabbit hole when you were supposed to be working (again)? Staying on top of your impulses may seem hard, but it's a skill you can strengthen. Here's how.
Loneliness is a fundamental drive like hunger or thirst. Instead of food or water, it tells us to seek out connection. But combatting loneliness is hard. Here's how to reach out.
Are you dreading Thanksgiving dinner? Here's how to navigate (*ahem*) challenging family dynamics this holiday season.
Most perfectionists don’t identify as perfectionists. But these 9 signs might make you come out of the (perfectly organized) perfectionist closet.
Fear of failure keeps us from shooting for the stars. Here are 5 ways to achieve lift-off.
Feeling bad about waving the white flag? Here's why it's sometimes best to throw in the towel.
History teaches us that concentrated wealth isn’t good for nations, but research makes it clear it’s not good for individuals, either.
Discussing past traumas is vital to recovery.
What does a conscientious search for your "soulmate" look like in the 21st century? There are a few rules of thumb to follow.
How to feed a healthy relationship so that it thrives.
Why is it so easy to delay a task, but so hard to get started? Learn about why we procrastinate and the solutions to get back on track.
If your defensiveness could give a porcupine a run for its money, you’re in luck. Here are five tips to take in feedback while keeping your cool.
Technology is essential, but it’s also making us—especially the younger generations—more anxious. But how exactly?
How does our outlook on life, the world, and the future affect our health and well-being? Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals 7 big beliefs healthy people share.
"Gaslighting" is a form of manipulation that goes beyond invalidation to make you question your sanity.
Why men have trouble letting themselves be vulnerable, and why it is so important that they try.
Is survivor guilt weighing you down? Learn the causes of it and what you can do to free yourself of the guilt.
What psychological traits make someone more prone to sexually harassing others?
Is the non-stop influx of news stressing you out? Making some small lifestyle changes can ease your anxiety.
Do you find yourself repeatedly asking, "Why do I do this to myself?" You may be a victim of your own bad habits.
Importantly, resilience is an acquired skill, which means whether you sink or swim is actually dependent on a skill that can be taught and learned over time.
Impostor syndrome comes in many different types and flavors. Identify these and learn how to overcome this mindset.
Mindfulness is all the rage, and with a promise to improve concentration, mood, and energy, reduce stress, improve immune function, and even fight obesity, it should be.
Mean Girls isn't just a Tina Fey movie; it's a real-life struggle. Keep reading for some tips to keep bullies at bay.
Can't sleep? Groggy mornings? Get back on track with 5 myth-busting tips that will help you get your best night's sleep.
The benefits of having empathetic skills are unparalleled; it's the next best thing to telekinesis! But, how do you improve these vital skills?
Are you suffering from job stress or burnout? Here are 9 ways to help you handle it.
Far from affecting only the stereotype of the angsty teenage girl with piercings and eyeliner, self-harm affects people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.
A mother's difficulties don't end after labor, but when are your hardships more than just "baby blues"? Here are some signs of postpartum depression that you need to look out for.
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D., is a psychologist at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.