Getting to Know Gwendoline Smith

2nd February 2021

Bestselling author and clinical psychologist Gwendoline Smith is celebrating the release of her third self-help title, The Book of Angst this week. Along with The Book of Knowing and The Book of Overthinking, Gwendoline's trilogy is a perfect mental health toolkit for uncertain and worrisome times. Pick up these brightly coloured pocket sized books for step by step advice and therapy on-the-go. We interviewed Gwendoline and asked for a little therapeutic advice on how to approach 2021!

What is your day job?

I am a clinical psychologist.

What is your connection to Vic Books?

A connection via my publisher.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have only just completed The Book of Angst. My plan is tp start working on my next work as winter approaches.

What are your latest projects?

The Book of Overthinking was only released last year, and I am still doing speaking engagements and workshops teaching the skills from the book.

2020 was a year. Your bestselling books The Book of Overthinking and The Book of Knowing are great tools and perfect reading for such times. Have you noticed people turning to them last year, especially during lockdowns?

I have certainly noticed a phenomenal response to The Book of Overthinking and it is certainly my opinion that these UNCERTAIN TIMES do result in increased worry.

The Book of Angst is released this week in New Zealand. The three books together make a great toolkit. Can you tell us more about how this one follows on from your previous books?

The books do compliment each other as they are grounded in the same methodology (CBT). The demographics do differentiate however the knowledge across the three books is ageless. The Book of Knowing was aimed at teens and young adults. The Book of Overthinking a somewhat older group. The Book of Angst although a collective base of knowledge about anxiety, also focuses strongly on Social Anxiety. Also a condition very predominant in youth.

What's your advice for the best way to approach 2021? Especially for our student community about to start the new academic year?

Be mindful of not predicting negative outcomes in your life ..."worrisome overthinking".

Some quick fire book recommendations please!

The Book of Knowing

The Book of Overthinking

What are you currently reading?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

What do you like about it?

It's fanciful and keeps your interest.

Which liteary character do you most identify with? Why?

The protagonist. She reminds me of being at a stage in my life where I constantly created dissatisfaction for my life. Resulting in restlessness and discontentment. Life seems to evolve in its own unpredictable way sometimes, so why waste time making yourself miserable by blaming the world for how you are feeling.

Hardback or paperback?

Paperback.

Favourite coffee?

Sweet.