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The Psychological and Spiritual Problem of Giving Yourself Away; Working With the Tale of “Rumpelstiltskin”
March 18, 2000 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
This workshop will examine the basic assumption that the mother is the single most important influence on her child’s development (exclusive of father, peers, and the cultural surroundings), and show how and why it is wrong and misleading. Drawing especially on Jung’s theory of the Divine Child archetype and the history of motherhood, the workshop will offer a new interpretation of the traditional fairy tale, Rumpelstilskin to show how and why the idealization of mothers and children serves us so badly. There will be ample time for discussion and a variety of film clips to illustrate the psychological consequences of “hothouse mothering”.
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Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in private practice in central Vermont. Polly is the originator of Dialogue Therapy, designed to help couples and others (for example, parents and grown children) to transform chronic conflict into greater closeness and development. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is also a Mindfulness teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhism since 1971. Polly is the author or editor of eighteen books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her most recent work book is Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path (Shambhala, 2019).