Polly Young-Eisendrath from “The Heroine’s Journey”
Polly is honored to be part of the documentary “The Heroine’s Journey” which explores Joseph Campbell’s concept of “the hero’s journey” as it pertains to Western women today. For the filmmakers, Victoria Ferriz and Stefanie Seifer, their interest in making this film stems from their own desire to understand what it means to be women living in the West, with more opportunities and freedoms than the women before them have known, and yet still feeling a sense of dissatisfaction. Polly talks about the journey of psychotherapy, reflections on life, unconscious and conscious choices, opening up to your life as it is, and our reliance on one another.
Gather Up Your Brokenness: Love, Imperfection, and Human Ideals
Polly Young-Eisendrath at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago on Dec. 9, 2016. In the poetic tradition of Zen monk and bard Leonard Cohen, this presentation celebrates our brokenness. Often, we hear about grieving our mistakes, failures, losses and imperfections, but rarely do we learn how to mine them for their richness. Because human beings are naturally broken – with personalities that are largely unconscious, reactive and hard to manage – we have countless opportunities in our relationships and work to see our selves in the crack of the mirror. This presentation draws on Carl Jung’s psychology of individuation and on the Buddha’s teachings on awakening to offer a new vision of imperfection with its inherent openings to compassion and love.
Having Faith in Your Life, No Matter What
Polly Young-Eisendrath speaks on “Having Faith in your Life, No Matter What” at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont on May 22, 2016. Topics touched upon include, love, loss, the Buddhist marks of existence and the mysteries of life.
Getting Free of Self-Importance is the Key to Happiness: Polly Young-Eisendrath at TEDxMiddlebury
At TEDxMiddlebury Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.
Vermont Humanities Council: What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life
How do we develop not only mindfulness, but also a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Polly discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life, a model that differs dramatically from traditional Western perspectives.
Vermont Humanities Council first Wednesdays Series: What Women Want
Author and psychotherapist Polly Young-Eisendrath looks at how women view themselves in today’s society in a talk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Her talk, “What Women Want,” was part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series.
Drawing on Buddhism, Jung, feminist writings, and her own work as a psychotherapist, Young-Eisendrath argues that most women don’t know what they want because society has programmed them simply to want to present a desirable image.
The Helix Center: The Search for Immortality
In the Phaedo, Plato asserts that the philosophical life is a preparation for death. Human aspiration, expressed in our science and in our spirituality, nevertheless seeks to transcend the philosophical and biological confines of mortality. How do differences in our awareness of mortality, from developmental death anxieties to the philosopher’s embrace, influence the diverse lives we lead? Can scientific advances, by giving us access to enhanced modes of perception and the possibilities of universes beyond our own, offer a way of transcending the death of the self? How have these advances, as well as enhancements in spiritual practice, contributed to ideas about life in the hereafter or in alternative realms?
Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities, Yale University
University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona
Senior Editor at The New Republic
Professor of Psychology and Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Skidmore College
Psychologist, Jungian Psychoanalyst