The Verywell Mind Podcast Strategies for Healing With Holocaust Survivor Dr. Eger & Her Daughter Dr. Engle By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast. Learn about our editorial process Published on May 09, 2022 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Meet Dr. Eger & Dr. Engle Why Dr. Eger Is Mentally Strong What You’ll Hear on the Show What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Quotes From Dr. Eger More About the Podcast Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Meet Dr. Eger & Dr. Engle Edith Eger was a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, a death camp. Dr. Eger and her sister survived, but their parents did not. After the war, Dr. Eger got married and had a baby. She and her husband moved to the United States in 1949 and she got her degree in psychology. She began treating people with PTSD, which inspired her to continue working on healing herself. Now, she’s written two books, "The Choice" and "The Gift," where she chronicles her journey and the lessons she learned along the way. Dr. Eger’s first child, Marianne Engle, also became a psychologist. She contributes to the newest edition of "The Gift." And she talks about what it was like to be raised by a Holocaust survivor. Why Dr. Eger Is Mentally Strong Dr. Eger survived the torture of the death camp. She makes it clear, however, that she isn’t a victim. But she was victimized. She chose to take what she learned from her experiences and help other people. She became a psychologist who specializes in treating people with PTSD. And she wrote books about the lessons she learned so she can help others who are struggling. She says the suffering she endured helped her grow stronger. And now, she’s inspiring people around the globe with her story and her wisdom. What You’ll Hear on the Show How Dr. Engle learned her mother was a Holocaust survivor How Dr. Eger discovered that even though she was helping others heal from PTSD, she had not yet healed Why she recently decided to go back to Auschwitz and how doing so helped her find more inner peace The question Dr. Eger poses to children of Holocaust survivors The one question Dr. Eger recommends everyone asks themselves if they aren’t happy in their relationship How Dr. Eger creates an atmosphere that helps people feel comfortable talking about their feelings Dr. Engle’s advice for parents who are helping kids cope with the pandemic Why it’s important to help people feel heard and how to validate kids’ feelings How to experience healing from pain Strategies for becoming more resilient Effects of Collective Trauma on Everyday Life What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Traumatic experiences can greatly impact your mental health. But not everyone who goes through something traumatic develops PTSD. PTSD isn’t a sign of weakness. There are many factors that determine how someone will fare when they experience trauma. Some of those factors are within your control, some of them aren’t. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to heal from trauma. But what works for one person might not work for another. There are many different paths to healing. Quotes From Dr. Eger Dr. Edith Eger I am able to see myself, [as] not a victim of anything or anyone at any time because suffering makes me stronger. — Dr. Edith Eger "I was beginning to speak about PTSD and not realizing that I really wasn't qualified because I couldn't take people further than I had gone." "You can't heal what you don't feel. So crying is good." "There is a difference between reacting or responding. So I teach people how to respond. And when someone tells you anything that is possibly derogatory you take a deep breath and say, ‘thank you for your opinion.’" 9 Ways to Relieve Anxiety Associated With PTSD More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Dr. Eger on Instagram: @Dr.EdithEger Visit Dr. Eger’s website: dreditheger.com Watch Dr. Eger’s TEDx talk: The Journey of Grieving, Feeling, and Healing If You Liked This Episode, You Might Also Like These Episodes How to Heal From Trauma With Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Katie Morton How to Heal From Intergenerational Trauma With Holistic Psychologist Mariel Buqué Healing Your Childhood Wounds With Actress Chrissy Metz What Is Trauma Therapy? By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.