My name is Lianne. I like self help, personal growth, books, pop culture, Internet and other nonsense. Hang out with me and my nonsense.

WEBSITE The Self Help Hipster name was based on my glasses, and the fact is I liked self help before it was mainstream.

Ever since when I was a kid, I had my nose buried in books by Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Louise Hay and Deepak Chopra. Nowadays it’s more recent authors, like Gabrielle Bernstein, James Altucher, or whatever else it’s the latest self help trend. I’ve seen them all, read them all. Well, almost.

I really love anything self help. The information, inspiration and the idea of it:  Although definitely not everything, so much of  your life is within your control. I still love that about self help. If you use what works for you, it can have a huge positive impact on your life. You can literally help yourself. 

I wanted to create a website that featured the self help I was interested in: Interesting, real-life topics relatable to anyone, fun articles with funny twists. That’s how my website was born in 2012.


  • I have a BSc and MSc in psychology with a focus on neuro- and clinical psychology. I wrote my BSc thesis on depression and my MSc thesis on the brain chemistry of excessive World of Warcraft players
  • I have worked at a university since I graduated
  • I have been an English teacher and Psychology teacher
  • Currently I am working as a student advisor

ENGLISH I feel the English language is the most beautiful thing I have ever put in my mouth (except for that bacon sandwich that one time. I write in English because it’s my favorite thing to do. Plus, I really like the idea that my website is accessible to anyone with some basic understanding of English and Wifi.

I have my Cambridge Advanced English, C2, yet I don’t understand Flemish. What gives.

SOCIAL MEDIA I am on Twitter and Instagram, and have a Facebook Page. Feel free to Follow, Like or come say hi. I also record podcasts with Andrew, and you can listen to them here!

CREDITS TO MY CREATIVE TEAM The picture used above has been made by Mariët Mons, who I consider my Creative Mastermind & Consultant and Improver of Things. I use pictures by her, Aline Bouma or myself for my blog. The talented and awesome Andrew Chin is my podcast host and other creative genius, and my lay-out was made by Naomi from Deliciae!

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  1. Self……hipster, u Rock! Love you’re site mainly because it’s authentic/pure. Not the formal bla bla. Keep up the good work. Big hug & Wishing you an egg-stra special Easter! Marga

  2. Heey, I really like your blog! It really makes me happy when I don’t have a good day. I’m just addicted to it I guess.. But I have one question, why do you write in English, and not in Dutch?

    Keep on going!

  3. Have never seen anything like your blog before, I love it! I’m currently doing my Psychology Masters’ in Maastricht and I’m interested in a lot of the same stuff you talk about on your blog, so I’ll be sure to check it regularly! Keep up the good work 🙂

  4. I just found your blog on Happy Healthy 365. As an aspiring writer (and yoga lover) myself, I look up to your work so much! It is very refreshing, real and interesting. I’m looking forward to reading more

  5. Via een vriendin kwam ik net op je blog terecht en na het vluchtig lezen van vier, vijf of zes artikelen kan ik je nu al eerlijk bekennen: ik hou van je! Wat schrijf jij leuk, eerlijk en behulpzaam. Ik ga jou volgen! X

  6. Just found your blog on the Internet and wow…… I really love it! I just keep reading your articles. They’re very helpfull! I will keep reading your blog! I admitt it……. I love you, you’re my helping angel! Thanks a lot.



  7. Lovely Blog! But I’m questioning 1 thing… Why do you have a feather in your hand? Because you don’t need one for writing with a typewriter 😛 Thought it was funny, but it looks really stylish soo… love from me <3

  8. Haai,
    Ik volg je blog al een tijdje en ik vind het echt geweldig.
    Het vrolijkt me altijd enorm op haha!
    Ik zit op dit moment in 5 vwo en moet gaan bepalen wat ik wil gaan studeren. Ik vind psychologie ontzettend interessant, dus ik denk dat dat hem gaat worden. Waar heb jij jouw studie gedaan? En wat doe je er op dit moment mee (afgezien van je blog natuurlijk:))?

    1. Hi Shaukat, thank you so much – I’m so happy you like it. Check out my website or find me on Twitter (come say hi!) – Love and blessings to you and yours too!

  9. Awesome blog! I will keep reading it, but for now I have to stop surfing the internet and start being productive :’D
    Keep up the good work!
    Greetings from Germany,

  10. Hi! I would love to send a self help book that was recently published for review. What’s the best email mailing address for you?

  11. I love the energy and message of your website, and I’m looking for people to review my book, “Giving Paws: Having a Service Dog for a Hidden Disability.”
    As you can see by the title, it’s very self-helpish.
    Are you interested and available to review my book?
    Many thanks!

  12. Hi Lianne,
    How are you?
    Hope you are fine and well.
    I am Unmesh, a creator of All In self improvement course.
    I am also regular visitor of your blog and get some insights every time.
    Now I want to promote my self improvement course membership which have hundreds of members till today. So, I need your help in this regard. Can you tell about my course to your readers and list?
    Let me know!


  13. Hi Lianne, We have a new book hot off the press June 1 called: The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction. Great self-help pocket guide on staying healthy in recovery. Would you be willing to take a look at it, and possibly setting up an interview with the authors? Thanks, Rebecca

  14. Greetings,
    I have a client interested in reviews for her self help book Memoirs of a Working Mother.
    Could you please email me your protocols and fees?

    Thank you

  15. I just your sight looking how to implement the tools i read from self help books. Thank you for that article. Im looking around your sight. Is there any blog article i should start with??