How to love as equals and the self-esteem trap with Polly Young-Eisendrath
In today’s episode, I sit down with Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., a psychologist, writer, speaker, and Jungian analyst who has published 19 books including, The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance and Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path.
She hosts the popular podcast ENEMIES: From War to Wisdom that provides a fresh look at human hostilities and what to do about them. She is a lifelong Buddhist practitioner and a Mindfulness teacher.
I learned about Polly through a past guest, Katherine Woodward Thomas, who spoke so highly of her work, and I’m excited to dive in.
We talk about the following and so much more:
✅ What does ”love between equals” mean?
✅ What is projective identification and why does it feel like such a terrible offense?
✅ Why does it recreate the conditions that we so often want to escape?
✅ Why we often get stuck in loops in our relationships - it seems like we often get to the same impasse. Why does this happen?
✅ Why we are so unprepared to be in equal relationships? And what she has seen in her workshops on how we can become equipped to become equal.
✅ What the self-esteem trap is
✅ How we free ourselves of self-importance?
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