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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Everyone seems to be obsessing about the monetary cost of the graying of the American population, but theres very little talk of the soul. James Hollis...has plenty to say about the soul
erudite and cultured but also accessible. -- The Portland Tribune
Nourishing. . . . Like a master chef, James Hollis knows that good food for the soul cannot be ordered to go. -- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
[Hollis] speaks to and teaches from the heart. A combination of genuine vision and genuine humanity is a rare and valuable gift... -- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves
[James Hollis] is one of our great teachers and healers. -- Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A suburb book. Fascinating discussion of human psychology with an emphasis on the Jungian Shadow. Please read it.Published 5 months ago by Shirley J. Henderson
This book Why Good People Do Bad Things, held my interest to the end.Published 6 months ago by Irene Cabral
At last a book that brings deep understanding. This is a book every person in their 40's and 50's should read.Hollis shares insights that help us grapple with our deepest motives.Published 8 months ago by Andrew Pocock
I'm a huge fan of James Hollis. I usually need a dictionary close by whenever I am reading his works. He is extremely well educated and articulate. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paula Elliott
James Hollis approach of our dark side is indeed enlightening… The understanding that only throughout integrating our dualities and ambiguities can we truly mature and evolve as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cacau
I love the way this man writes. I can tell by the depth of what he teaches that he has a very rich background and excellent training. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John E. McHale
If you are patient, this book will explain it's title well. Some of the writing is too thick, but you'll learn a lot of new words and the essence of human behavior. Worth it!Published 19 months ago by Guidoman
On a recent visit to a therapist I mentioned a dark and menacing side of my personality. He immediately handed this book to me and said you are describing your shadow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Maxwell Synsvoll