The Resilient Spirit: Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal

The Resilient Spirit: Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal

The Resilient Spirit: Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal

The Resilient Spirit: Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal

Synopsis

Young-Eisendrath teaches readers how to learn from their hardships by drawing on the traditions that have enriched her life experience--the theories of Jung, the practice of psychoanalysis, and the teachings of Buddhism--as well as the stories of people who have faced tremendous downfall and come through it. "An edifying work on the stewardship of pain".--"Body Mind Spirit".

Excerpt

I have spent much of my life studying the problem of suffering. During childhood I was often confronted with misery and conflict as the adults around me seemed unable to hold together under the strain of poverty, family disputes, and fear. When I was an adolescent, I discovered my life's work: a search for reasons and cures for emotional and relational suffering. As an adult, I have invested thousands of hours in listening to people talk about their problems and the themes that revolve around them. As a psychologist, I study human development--in my own life, in my consulting room, and through empirical research.

I see now how I've benefited from a difficult childhood and how I was blessed with enough supports to transform its residues into knowledge and connection with others. I doubt that I could have chosen a more interesting life than the one I have if early privileges had been heaped on my plate or if I had been able to look ahead through a crystal ball. Working as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst opens new horizons of meaning and insight every day of my life. Without the adversities of my childhood, how could I have . . .

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