Imprint :Gotham Books
Publication Date :28/08/2008
Total Pages :288
Dimensions :133 x 203
Author :James Hollis
WHY GOOD PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS
Understanding Our Darker Selves
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How is it that good people do bad things? Why is our personal story and our societal history so bloody, so repetitive, so injurious to self and others?
How do we make sense of the discrepancies between who we think we are – or who we show to the outside world – versus our everyday behaviours? Why are otherwise ordinary people driven to addictions and compulsions, whether alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, infidelity or the Internet? Why are interpersonal relationships so often filled with strife?
Exploring Jung’s concept of the Shadow – the unconscious parts of our self that contradicts the image of the self we hope to project – WHY GOOD PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS guides you through all the ways in which many of our seemingly unexplainable behaviours are manifestations of the Shadow. In addition to its presence in our personal lives, Hollis looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture – from organised religion to the suffering and injustice that abounds in our modern world. Accepting and examining the Shadow as part of one’s self, Hollis suggests, is the first step toward wholeness. Revealing a new way of understanding our darker selves, Hollis offers wisdom to help you to acquire a more conscious conduct of your life and bring a new level of awareness to your daily actions and choices.