How To Be Yourself with Ellen Hendriksen

Today we have Dr. Ellen Hendriksen on the podcast. Dr. Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be there authentic selves through her award-winning Savvy Psychologist podcast, which has been downloaded over 5 million times, and at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Her latest book is called “How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety.”

  • What is your real self?
  • What is social anxiety?
  • What is the opposite of social anxiety?
  • What’s the goal of therapy to treat social anxiety?
  • How to be comfortable when you are “caught being yourself”
  • The importance of self-compassion
  • The difference between introversion and social anxiety
  • Techniques to overcome social anxiety
  • The Orchid-Dandelion Hypothesis
  • The relationship between the highly sensitive person and openness to experience
  • The importance of going out and living your life first, and letting your confidence catch up
  • The importance of turning attention “inside out”
  • How perfectionism holds us back
  • The importance of “daring to be average”
  • The myth of “hope in a bottle”
  • Gender differences in the manifestation of social anxiety


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