Why Good People Do Bad Things
Understanding Our Darker Selves
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Working with the Shadow is not working with evil, per se. It
is working toward the possibility of greater wholeness. We
will never experience healing until we can come to love our
unlovable places, for they, too, ask love of us.
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 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 Jung’s concept of the Shadow—the unconscious parts
of our self that contradict 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
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 culture—from
organized 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.
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