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Ellen Hendriksen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and host of the new, #1-ranked Savvy Psychologist podcast on iTunes and the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Trained at UCLA and Harvard Medical School, Ellen translates the best of psychology research into friendly, useable tips for real life. By day, she is a researcher and clinician at Stanford University School of Medicine. Connect with Ellen on Facebook, Google+, or Stitcher.

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How to Grow a Thick Skin and Handle Criticism

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 4:29 PM

Just living in the world opens you up to criticism, but doing anything in the public eye, from writing a blog to performing your stand-up comedy to coaching your kid's soccer team, will invite judgment and criticism. And doing anything truly innovative will guarantee it.

So how to brace...

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3 Crazy Myths and Facts About Sleep

(12) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 7:10 AM

At night, you can't sleep. In the morning, you can't wake up. Sound familiar? Get back on track with these three myths and facts about sleep.

Myth #1: Getting up at night for, say, 15 minutes just means I lose 15 minutes of sleep. Unfortunately, when life wakes you in...

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6 Tips to Never Be Late Again

(12) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 7:17 AM

We all have a horror story about being late -- arriving at a wedding just as the bride and groom are running off in a shower of birdseed or picking up your panicked child at an otherwise empty field after baseball practice. Being late even shows up in our nightmares...

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5 Myths About Domestic Violence

(15) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Many of us, on reading the recent news about Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and Ray McDonald, have thought, "How could anyone do that? What was he thinking?" It turns out the truth about what goes through an abusive man's head is not what you'd expect. Prepare to be surprised.


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Does Thinking Crazy Thoughts Mean I'm Going Crazy?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:50 PM

The other day, a friend made a confession in hushed tones with sideways glances. "Yesterday I was driving," she said, "and randomly thought, 'Wow, I could just turn the steering wheel a few inches and I would flip into that ditch and die.' It freaked me out and I haven't...

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6 façons inédites de se motiver à faire de l'exercice

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Lorsqu'il s'agit de faire du sport, le meilleur jour c'est toujours demain.

Pour gonfler sa motivation, il existe les astuces classiques: trouver un partenaire, faire connaître ses intentions pour s'imposer une pression supplémentaire, s'imposer une date butoire, etc. Mais il en existe d'autres, encore plus efficaces et très peu connues.

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Exercise Motivation: 6 Tips You've Never Heard Of

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 8:22 AM

The most popular day to exercise is "tomorrow."

To pump up your motivation, we know the classic tips: find a workout partner so you're accountable, make your intentions known so you feel social pressure, set a deadline like running a 5K or your 20th reunion. Now, it's not to say...

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7 Ways to Handle Food Cravings

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Some nights, chocolate calls from the cupboard. A tractor beam emanates from the cookie jar. Our cravings drive us, whether for love, money, power, fame or simply those sea salt caramels.

So what to do when the siren song of garlic breadsticks is leading you to certain doom? Here...

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Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Talking to yourself isn't just for preschoolers and wild-eyed conspiracy theorists.

When do you talk to yourself? Consider these scenarios: trying to remember what you needed at the store, working to stay calm when you're angry; practicing asking for a raise; rehearsing asking for a date;

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How Your Depression or ADHD Might Really Be Restless Legs Syndrome

(8) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Nighttime creepy-crawlies aren't limited to camping or Halloween. For approximately 10 percent of Americans, tingly, itchy sensations -- mostly between the ankle and the knee -- aren't the creeping of spiders or the fluttering of bats, but a neurological disorder called Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.


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