Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves, First Edition

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The author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life 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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James Hollis received an A.B. from Manchester College and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He taught humanities for twenty-six years in various colleges and universities before becoming a Jungian Analyst at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, where he received a diploma in Analytical Psychology. He has a private analytic practice and is Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston.

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Jungian psychologist Hollis turns the whole why-bad-things-happen-to-good-people question around and asks, instead, why good people often do such horrible things. Exploring the notion of the Shadow, Jung's term to describe the hidden aspects of ourselves--the parts that contradict the self we show the rest of the world, the dark side of our personality--Hollis suggests that we can only become whole (and good) by acknowledging our Shadow and accepting that it's OK to have a dark side, as long as we never let it take control of who we are. The prose is a little stodgy, and some readers might find the book feels a little too similar to others in the psychological self-help genre, but finally the similarities are only superficial. The difference between this book and most of the slick self-helpers is that Hollis has some genuinely important, meaningful things to say. A thoughtful book, well worth the concentration involved in reading it. David Pitt
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