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Polly Young-Eisendrath, PHD, MSW, MA

Polly Young-Eisendrath

Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She connects the roots of happiness with our ability to collaborate and engage with others so that we can give back the talents and gifts we’ve been given. Polly is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young (in which she is a certified teacher). She has published many chapters and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, spirituality, resilience and Jung's psychology.

She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including "The Self-Esteem Trap," "The Resilient Spirit," "Women and Desire," and "The Cambridge Companion to Jung." She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences, seminars and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Polly is working on a spiritual memoir called "Love Broken Open."

She discusses her latest book "The Self-Esteem Trap," in these terms: “I wrote this book because I was at the end of my rope. I had sat hour upon hour in my psychotherapy practice listening to stories about how every child, teen and adult should be special, a winner, with the potential to be great. Although this expectation causes great suffering in individuals and families, it has been almost impossible to challenge. The expectation is founded on the illusion that everyone has an extraordinary potential for creativity or genius or achievement that needs only to be unlocked in order for greatness to happen. When you assume that everyone has something extraordinary to contribute to life, then being ordinary is an embarrassment. This way of thinking has produced a generation of parents, children, teens, and young adults who are caught in the self-esteem trap.”

Learn more at: Young-Eisendrath.com