The Savvy Psychologist's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health

The Savvy Psychologist's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health

Welcome to psychology for the rest of us. Host Dr. Monica Johnson takes the science of psychology and makes it both entertaining and relatable. Using a sympathetic ear and evidence-based research, she explains the ‘why’ behind emotions like joy, anger, fear, trust, and anxiety, and helps you better understand the relationships you form with your friends, family, coworkers, and yourself. Seeking a healthier emotional life? It’s time to bring a trained psychologist and mental health expert along for the ride.

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December 2, 2021 11 min
Do you have trouble with interpersonal relationships? Have you been told you're a bit too harsh, critical, intense, or overbearing? This week, the Savvy Psychologist will help you focus on a communication skill designed to help you have more effective communication in your relationships. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psyc...
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Never been to therapy before? The common beliefs about therapy that you take for granted might not be true. This week, The Savvy Psychologist breaks down the truth behind 8 common myths and misconceptions about therapy. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  htt...
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Coping with the holidays is stressful enough without the continued threat of COVID. Here's how to approach Thanksgiving 2021 whether you're celebrating with family or by yourself. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/...
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November 11, 2021 12 min
Have you ever felt like trauma changed the way your brain worked? You're not wrong. Dr. Monica Johnson, the Savvy Psychologist, walks through how trauma affects brain development and our natural responses to danger. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  h...
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November 4, 2021 12 min
Have you ever questioned if monogamous relationships made sense for you? This week, the Savvy Psychologist explores other relationship styles where all parties involved are happy, healthy, and ethical. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickan...
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Have you ever dealt with an uncomfortable or difficult situation? They can be hard to deal with, but this week the Savvy Psychologist gives you 7 tools to I.M.P.R.O.V.E. the moment and cope with hard times. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.qu...
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October 21, 2021 14 min
Have you noticed that you get enough sleep, but you're still not feeling rested? Sleep and rest are not the same thing, and sleep doesn't provide all of the different kinds of rest we need. Dr. Monica Johnson, the Savvy Pyschologist, looks at 7 different types of rest and what you can do to feel rested. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the news...
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October 14, 2021 10 min
October 10 was World Mental Health Day, and for some, it's hard to focus on mental health when the world feels hopeless. That's why this week we're focusing on hope, with the help of a special excerpt from a new audiobook from our colleagues at Macmillan Audio.  Get your copy of The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams wherever books or audiobooks are sold. Amazon/Audible ...
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Do you find that your relationships are affected by poor boundaries and self-esteem? Or do you perhaps have too many boundaries and too much self-esteem? Dr. Monica Johnson, the Savvy Psychologist, dives into these common issues so that you can be on the lookout for these relationship patterns. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more...
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September 30, 2021 12 min
Have you ever tried to injure yourself on purpose? You're not alone. In this episode, the Savvy Psychologist helps us cope with the urge to self-harm. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips....
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Have you or someone you know had suicidal thoughts? It’s a lot more common than you think. In this episode, the Savvy Psychologist explores the warning signs and ways to cope with suicidal ideation. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join...
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American fertility rates continue to be at record lows as women increasingly opt out of bearing children. However, that doesn’t mean the social pressure to have a family has declined at the same rate. Savvy Psychologist explores the main reasons behind the choice to be childfree, plus 5 tips for how to come to your own decision.
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September 9, 2021 13 min
Have you ever been made to feel less than human based on your weight? Dr. Monica Johnson, the Savvy Psychologist, explains what sizeism is, and how you can deal with it in your everyday life. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirt...
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September 2, 2021 10 min
Staying up all night self-diagnosing terminal illnesses with WebMD? The Savvy Psychologist explains what it means to have Illness Anxiety Disorder, and how to ease your mind. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...
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August 26, 2021 11 min
It can be daunting to learn how to become an ally to minority groups, but in this episode, the Savvy Psychologist shows you that all you need is a little H.E.A.R.T. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https...
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August 19, 2021 13 min
If you've ever felt uneasy around a person who didn't seem to consider your boundaries, you know how disorienting it can be. Today, Dr. Monica Johnson discusses seven warning signs that a person might be a predator. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips...
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August 12, 2021 8 min
Everyone feels bad sometimes. But the next time you're in a funk, you'll recover more quickly if you treat yourself with kindness by following these three simple steps. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcas...
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Just like your bank account, your mental health fluctuates depending on what you put into it--and what you take out. In this episode of Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Monica Johnson will teach you how to invest in your personal mental health bank.
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July 29, 2021 22 min
It's the dawn of a new era! Today, Dr. Jade Wu passes the torch to Dr. Monica Johnson as the new host of the Savvy Psychologist podcast. They chat about the meaning of a psychologist's work, the biggest challenges in mental health, and what you can look forward to on the show. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips. Join the conversation on...
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July 22, 2021 15 min
The most important relationship you have in life is the one with yourself. After all, would you rather be at odds with the person you're tied to for the rest of your life, or would you rather love and cherish them? This is why cultivating self-love is an ongoing and important task. Here's how to do it. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for more psychology tips....
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