815: Ellen Hendriksen Teaches Us How to Delay Gratification, and Why We Should

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School. Her scientifically-based, zero-judgment approach is regularly featured in Psychology Today, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution, and many other media outlets.

The Savvy Psychologist was picked as a Best New Podcast of 2014 on iTunes and was Otto Radio's Best Healthcare Podcast of 2016. In her clinic, Dr. Hendriksen treats everything from depression to trauma to hoarding, but has a special place in her heart for social anxiety. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two sons. Her debut book, HOW TO BE YOURSELF: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, publishes in March 2018.

Things You Will Learn in this Episode:

  • The Stanford University Marshmallow test on delayed gratification (4:30)
  • Is delayed gratification genetic or learned (6:04)
  • Has technology decreased our ability to delay gratification (9:35)
  • 3 Techniques for delaying gratification (11:16)
  • The app that Ellen uses to strip away distractions while she works (16:35)
  • Is delayed gratification more prevalent in the U.S.(17:15)
  • Is self-control limited for the day (19:27)
  • Ellen's moring routine (22:49)

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