At Middlebury College, Polly’s TED talk presents her theory of “negative self-importance”: our narratives and preoccupations with the ways we have failed or not succeeded – in our attractiveness, mothering, intelligence, earnings, creativity – keep us mired in comparisons with others and self-hatred. She also talks about the self-conscious emotions and how moment-by-moment awareness opens the door to happiness. On this same theory, listen to Episode #14 of her podcast, Enemies: War to Wisdom. It’s called “Love and Hate of the Self.”

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. presents “The Journey from Personal Love to True Love” at the "In the Balance with Susan Lambert" Facebook live panel discussion.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. looks at the transformation of marriage over the past century from a traditional contract between families to one that celebrates idealization in the form of "true love," and suggests why the latter may be harder to fulfill than many thought.

This presentation at the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Trauma & Trancendence conference draws principally on Jung's collective unconscious and the Buddhist (Yogacara) alaya-vijnana or store-house consciousness. Looked at from the perspectives of everyday life and psychotherapy, these models of mind are mapping the way to an awareness that is wiser and more transcendent than mundane consciousness.

Solace in social media in which dramatist John Patrick Shanley finds a new audience for his writing through Facebook. Interviewed by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. Produced by the Rubin Museum of Art.

Excerpt of a panel with Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival. By trying to provide the perfectly happy childhood, a generation of parents may be making it harder for their kids to actually grow up.