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A Healthy Sense of Self is one’s own felt sense of being one’s own person, separate from others. With a Healthy Sense of Self, a person is free to be the unique human being whom he or she was born to be and allows him or her to effectively become increasingly more independent through each stage of development. A Sense of Self (SoS) is cultivated from birth, but only when primary caregivers truly see and acknowledge their child as an autonomous being as opposed to (unknowingly) considering them to be an extension of themselves. A Healthy Sense of Self is profoundly significant because it is the foundation for living an authentic life, a life without shame, regret, or anxiety, as opposed to a lifetime of addiction to approval.
—Antoinetta Vogels, Founder & Author
About the Author
Antoinetta Vogels is the Founder & CEO of HealthySenseOfSelf, LLC, creator of the Sense of Self Method, a Self-help Program for People who Want to Get a Good Night’s Sleep No Matter What!
In 2013, Antoinetta published her first book, Healthy Sense of Self™ - How to be True to Your Self and Make Your World a Better Place! Through HealthySenseOfSelf, LLC, Antoinetta offers education on what can go wrong with our relationship to the Self and others, when we are not acknowledged in early childhood as the autonomous person we truly are.
Born in the Netherlands right after World War II, Antoinetta clearly remembers her firm decision as a little girl that she had to do something to an end to war. It is her deepest desire to create a better world by inspiring people to work on improving their own lives.
Being an accomplished bassoonist in several renowned classical orchestras in the Netherlands for 18 years turned out to be the background Antoinetta needed to get the full understanding of her inner workings which formed the foundation of the SoS Method.
Shortly after becoming a mother, Antoinetta was suddenly wrought with mysterious onset of severe insomnia that led to early retirement from her musical career. Antoinetta’s journey began with the intention to determine the underlying cause of this predicament that plagued her for more than 25 years.
Through continuous introspection, self-observation, and research Antoinetta identified behavior patterns that ultimately led to developing the Sense of Self Method. She was able to correlate the importance of a healthy Sense of Self to successfully managing many physical, emotional, psychological, and social issues.