Welcome to the Gentle Self
We’ve all met them… people who are gentle, kind and generous souls who often don’t seem to fit in as well in a group of people, who keep to themselves with only a few close friends, and who sometimes don’t have that great of a self-image. People who worry in general, or have anxiety about anything or nothing at all. People who’ve tried a lot of different things to keep their worry or anxiety under control, but still often find it challenging in their daily life.
Some people call these folks “worriers,” or “introverts,” or say they suffer from “social anxiety disorder.” But in reality, they’re just normal, everyday people who need a little help in certain areas of their lives (just like all of us!).
The Gentle Self is a guide for introverts, conflict avoiders, people with low self esteem, and worriers of all kinds. “I found that many people are too fragile to ask for what they need and have trouble sustaining relationships, for fear of not getting what they need or being abandoned,” said Gerti Schoen, M.A., LP, the blog’s creator and author.
Gerti Schoen, M.A., LP is a writer and psychotherapist in private practice with offices in New York City and Hoboken, NJ. She was born and raised in Germany where she trained and worked as a journalist for German National Public Radio and the national newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. She came to New York City to work as a foreign correspondent in 1998. After 15 years as a reporter and editor, she decided to change professions and became a licensed psychotherapist. In 2007, she completed her psychoanalytic training at both the Washington Square Institute and the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology in New York. She has also been a Zen practitioner for ten years and integrates the teachings of mindfulness and meditation into her work with clients.
Please give Gerti a warm Psych Central welcome! I look forward to reading this blog devoted to people who have a gentle personality.
Grohol, J. (2012). Welcome to the Gentle Self. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/gentle-self/2011/12/welcome-to-the-gentle-self/