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Stories by Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Your Brain on Porn and Other Sexual Images

Is porn bad for the brain? The Savvy Psychologist explains 3 studies that looked at how we process porn and other sexualized images, and reveals the potential effects on the brain—and on how we see our fellow men and women...

August 19, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Identify a Psychopath or Sociopath

The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” often get used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same. Regardless of semantics, here’s how to spot the heartless, charming evil of a psychopath or sociopath...

July 8, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

What Is Impostor Syndrome?

Can’t take a compliment? Feel like a fake? Convinced you’ll be unmasked at any moment? Welcome to the secret circle of high achievers suffering from Impostor Syndrome. The Savvy Psychologist explains how to recognize it, where it comes from, and has 9 tips on how to combat it...

May 27, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

What IS ADHD? Common—and Surprising—Symptoms

Do you frequently start and abandon projects? Does your ability to concentrate flip-flop between The Laser Beam and The Disco Ball? Sometimes ADHD is obvious, but sometimes it can fly under the radar...

February 11, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, the Savvy Psychologist covered 5 ways to get to your destination without leaving fingernail marks in the armrest. Today, we’ll learn why you freak out at 30,000 feet and do a 10-second test to see if you’re prone to panic...

January 14, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (Part 1)

About 40% of all Americans have a fear of flying. That's more than 120 million people! If you're one of them, the Savvy Psychologist has 5 tips to get you in the air without a pit stop at the terminal bar...

January 7, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Beat Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder

When all that’s left of the fa-la-la-la-las is rock-hard fruitcake, the winter blahs creep up, settle in, and hang around until spring. Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, the Savvy Psychologist, has 8 tips on how to deal with the blues and their more serious cousin, Seasonal Affective Disorder...

December 24, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

7 Myths (and 1 Big Fact) about PTSD

This week, the Savvy Psychologist talks about healing PTSD and the stigma that can get in the way, with a special emphasis on veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 12, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Is It Good or Bad to Zone Out, Space Out or Daydream?

Whether you call it zoning out, spacing out or daydreaming, we spend up to 47 percent of our waking lives letting our minds wander. This week, the Savvy Psychologist explains why mind wandering happens, when it’s good, when it’s bad—and how it might even lead to your own "Eureka!" moment...

October 15, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

7 Myths about Suicide

The recent tragedy of Robin Williams's suicide—and the ensuing media storm—raised awareness of suicide as a mental health issue but also generated a lot of misinformation. This week, the Savvy Psychologist cleans up after the headlines...

September 25, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination happens to the best of us.  None other than Leonardo DaVinci noted, “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”  So don’t delay!...

September 10, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Do Antidepressants Work?

Antidepressants have been hailed as miracle drug rock stars and vilified as brain-changing happy pills. All promotion aside—good or bad—are they effective?  The Savvy Psychologist Dr...

August 27, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Talking to Myself—Is That Normal?

Talking to yourself again?  Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen assures you’re not going crazy.  You’re simply thinking out loud, which is not only normal, but beneficial...

August 6, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Why Am I So Tired?

Sometimes there’s no clear medical reason for flagging energy and dragging drive.  And sometimes the tried-and-true trio of sleep, diet, and exercise doesn’t help as much as we wish...

June 25, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Ask for Help

Asking for help seems simple enough, but if you’ve ever needed a hand, you know how hard it can be. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen explains why it’s so challenging and shows you how it’s done...

May 21, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen
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