Polly Young-Eisendrath is a psychologist, writer, speaker, and Jungian analyst who came to psychology and psychoanalytic training through the doorway of Buddhist practice, taking formal Zen vows in 1971. Polly is also the director of Enlightening Conversations, a nonprofit organization that sponsors conversational conferences between esteemed psychoanalysts and Buddhists teachers in different cities throughout the United States.
As a psychoanalyst and a mindfulness teacher, Polly is optimistic about the gradual emergence of a fresh view of the human mind through dialogue between psychoanalysis and Buddhism.
An associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and a clinical supervisor at Norwich University, she has published 15 books, including The Self-Esteem Trap, The Cambridge Companion to Jung, and Women and Desire. Her most recent book, The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery, explores her experience with her spouse who died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Polly maintains a full-time clinical and consulting practice in central Vermont.