Andrea F. Polard Psy.D.

Andrea F. Polard, Psy.D., founded and teaches Zen Psychology and Zen Psychology Therapy. She derived the approach from her book, A Unified Theory of Happiness. Her work is rooted in science and Western thought as well as in Eastern thought, especially Zen Buddhism, reflecting her multicultural background. After having started with humanistic approaches, she subsequently trained in self-psychology, system-oriented therapy, cognitive-behavioral psychology and mind-body work. Polard studied at the Freie University Berlin, focusing on creativity and non-verbal expressions, using the Facial Action Coding System to analyze the smile. Her dissertation examined the phenomenon of emigration: Leaving the Circle. She is now an independent researcher and scholar of wisdom traditions, aspiring to revitalize Zen Buddhism in form of Zen Psychology.

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A Unified Theory of Happiness

Happiness is "full engagement in life", an energetic flow that connects us with the world, going beyond good and pleasurable feelings. The book is a practical guide for learning how to engage in the concrete world and realize our already existing engagement in the absolute world. Western and Eastern tools are presented with equal appreciation. One, they help build competencies in relationships and the pursuit of goals. Two, they teach open-mindedness and inner peace. Working with both ends of the human experience, with striving and being, trains the brain to love life fully.

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