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The Inner Self: The joy of discovering who we really are

$34.99

$34.99

'How can I get in touch with this real self, underlying all my surface behaviour? How can I become myself?' Carl Rogers, US psychotherapist

The Inner Self is a book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves - both as individuals and as human beings - and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?'

Hugh Mackay, one of Australia's most respected social psychologists, explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. His explanation for our evasiveness is simple but profound: we fear the demands of love.

He argues that love is our highest ideal, the richest source of life's meaning and purpose, and the key to our emotional security, personal serenity and confidence.

Yet Mackay exposes the great paradox of human nature that while love brings out our best, we don't always want our best brought forward. Love promotes goodness, but we don't always want to be good.

Powerfully written and drawing on a lifetime of research, The Inner Self shows how we can overcome our reluctance to live lovingly and, in the process, lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760787745
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 28/04/2020
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Cultural studies
    Health & personal development / Popular psychology
    Health & personal development / Self-help & personal development
    Society & social sciences / General
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $34.99

'How can I get in touch with this real self, underlying all my surface behaviour? How can I become myself?' Carl Rogers, US psychotherapist

The Inner Self is a book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves - both as individuals and as human beings - and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?'

Hugh Mackay, one of Australia's most respected social psychologists, explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. His explanation for our evasiveness is simple but profound: we fear the demands of love.

He argues that love is our highest ideal, the richest source of life's meaning and purpose, and the key to our emotional security, personal serenity and confidence.

Yet Mackay exposes the great paradox of human nature that while love brings out our best, we don't always want our best brought forward. Love promotes goodness, but we don't always want to be good.

Powerfully written and drawing on a lifetime of research, The Inner Self shows how we can overcome our reluctance to live lovingly and, in the process, lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Author Information

Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author of 21 books, including What Makes Us Tick, The Good Life and Australia Reimagined. His latest non-fiction book is The Inner Self, published in May 2020 concurrently with his eighth novel, The Question of Love.

He has had a 60-year career in social research, and was a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. Among many honorary appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, the inaugural chairman of the ACT government's Community Inclusion Board and an honorary professor at Macquarie, Wollongong and Charles Sturt universities. He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Royal Society of NSW. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.