Why Good People Do Bad Things
Understanding Our Darker Selves
ISBN 9781440639432 | 272 pages | 17 Apr 2008 | Gotham Trade Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Now in paperback, a penetrating understanding of the discrepancies that lie between our professed values and our frequently destructive actionsPraise for Why Good People Do Bad Things and for James Hollis
How is it that good people do bad things? Why do otherwise ordinary people gamble, drink, embezzle company funds, become addicted to Internet porn, cheat on their spouse, or repeat the same destructive behaviors in relationships, at work, or in their habits? And, on a grander scale, how can we reconcile all of the pain and suffering present in the world?
In Why Good People Do Bad Things, James Hollis offers wisdom to help you acquire a new level of awareness to your daily actions and choices. Exploring the Shadow is important to our growth because it helps us repair inner fractures and explore what forces are working against us, and why. Hollis also looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture—in history, religion, organizations, and corporations—in addition to its presence in our personal lives.
“Hollis suggests that we can only become whole (and good) by acknowledging our Shadow and accepting that it’s O K to have a dark side, as long as we never let it take control of who we are. . . . The difference between this book and most of the slick self-helpers is that Hollis has genuinely important, meaningful things to say.”
“Nourishing. . . . Like a master chef, James Hollis knows that good food for the soul cannot be ordered to go.”
—The Plain Dealer
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