Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.
You’re supposed to go out, work out, or otherwise get stuff done, but your energy is lower than a three-watt bulb. Are you actually tired? Or just being lazy or avoidant?
When we leave a conversation with a great listener, we feel truly seen and heard. Here’s how to listen well.
Do you try to keep yourself safe but end up isolated? Rebuilding your faith in humanity is a long road, but it can be done.
Here’s how to handle criticism and when—and when not—to take it to heart.
Oh no he didn’t! Passive-aggressive behavior can test your patience. Here are 5 strategies to help you keep your cool.
Meh. Whatever. Who cares? If it feels like your world has switched from technicolor to black and white, try one of these research-based strategies to turn things around.
It makes sense that you’d feel drained by 16-hour days, no vacation time, or a project with no end in sight. But the other factors of burnout aren’t as clear or well-known.
Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you moving but it won’t get you anywhere. If worrying is unproductive, why do we do it? And more importantly, how can we stop?
Working remotely can feel like you’re all in, or... baking banana bread at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday. When it comes to taking a break, here’s how to strike the right balance.
As the 1 in 4 people who’ve experienced a panic attack can attest, panic is no walk in the park—it feels more like a rocket ship into the abyss. Luckily, there are ways to manage it.
Learn the four most common obstacles to helping someone who is grieving and what you can do to overcome them.
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?
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D., is a psychologist at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.