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?Â
How do we make sense of the discrepancies between who we think we areâor who we show to the outside worldâversus our everyday behaviors? 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 Jungâs concept of the Shadowâthe unconscious parts of our self that contradict the image of the self we hope to project--Why Good People Do Bad ThingsÂ guides you through all the ways in which many of our seemingly unexplainable behaviors 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 cultureâfrom organized religion to the suffering and injustice that abounds in our modern world. Accepting and examining the Shadow as part of oneâs 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.
About: Offers insight into how to resolve disparities between one's values and one's actual actions, introducing the Jungian concept of a divided soul while explaining how readers can become more self-aware by accepting the less favorable elements of their personalities.
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