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Publisher's Summary

'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 and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?'

Hugh Mackay explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. He explains how it is our fear of love's demands that drive us into hiding. 

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.

Powerfully written and drawing on a lifetime of research, The Inner Self is a work of extraordinary insight by one of Australia's most respected psychologists.

©2020 Hugh Mackay (P)2020 Macmillan Australia Audio

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Great insight

wonderful companion to the therapy I'm doing at present, it really clicked with me. very clear concepts and apt case studies. only dud note was the very uneven recording of his voice. sometimes sounded like 2 different speakers

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Spot on

This book is full of marvellous insights backed up by anecdotes from case studies. Hugh Mackay has clearly done a lot of work and what you see in this book is an expression of an evolution of thinking over years of practice. A book well worth reading and one that you would need to be open to a bit of self reflection - if you are, you'll see plenty. I heard Hugh speak and he's an excellent speaker - unfortunately he read the book too slowly - but that was easy to fix - I played at 1.3.

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Wonderful

This book is just amazing. I loved the narration, Hugh Mackay’s wise voice was the perfect way to get the ideas across. Thank you 😊

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