Examining Quarterlife Through Wild And Into The Wild With Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock…

Satya Doyle Byock (@satyabyock) is a psychotherapist and founding director of The Salome Institute of Jungian Studies who recently came out with a book titled Quarterlife: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood. I absolutely love her work and its message. In fact, it resonates in my own artistic work. Which is why I thought it’d be fun to invite her and discuss quarterlife through the lens of popular stories. After all, Robert McKee says, “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.” So, using “Wild” and “Into The Wild,” we examine the struggles quarterlifers face in our modern society. For some quick context, “Into the Wild” is a 2007 American biographical adventure drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer and tells the story of Christopher McCandless (“Alexander Supertramp”), a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s after graduating Emory University. And “Wild” is a 2014 American biographical adventure drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Reese Witherspoon, with Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, and W. Earl Brown appearing in supporting roles. The screenplay was adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which is about a solo backpacking trip Strayed undertook on the trail in 1995 after numerous personal issues had left her life in shambles. And yes, we deliberately chose these because they were popular books that got turned into movies. Plus, they’re nonfiction stories. We have a very deep conversation about these subjects and I hope you find it as enlightening and inspirational as I did. So check out this episode and please share your thoughts down in the comment section or hit me up on social media @PhilSvitek.

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