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What Makes Us Tick

Making sense of who we are and the desires that drive us

Hugh Mackay

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Hachette Australia
08 January 2013
Dr Mackay has spent a lifetime listening to people talk about their dreams, fears, hopes, disappointments and passions. As well, his bestselling books have documented the impact of the changes that have been radically reshaping our society. In WHAT MAKES US TICK? he reflects on some of the things that don't change, identifies ten desires that drive us all, and asks: Why do we talk as if we're rational, but act as if we're not? ; Why do some people always want to take control? ; Why do we seek change, yet resist it? ; Why do we want more of the things that have failed to satisfy us? . His exploration of these and other issues goes to the heart of some of life's big questions.

In this new edition Hugh Mackay offers a postscript that delves into the many concerns that were raised by people around the country when he was first promoting WHAT MAKES US TICK?. They include: Why do people become workaholics? ; How can religious people hold such irrational beliefs? ; Why are so many people hooked on social media? ; What about gender and generational differences? ; Shouldn t our desire for security be on the list? , as well as many other issues that resonate with modern Australia. He also offers more thoughts on: the desire to be taken seriously; the desire for my place ; the desire for something to believe in; the desire to connect; the desire to be useful. This is a book that will explain us to ourselves.
By:   Hugh Mackay
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   13g
ISBN:   9780733629990
ISBN 10:   0733629997
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   08 January 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and novelist. He has a master s degree in moral philosophy and was one of the founders of the St James Ethics Centre. His publication, THE MACKAY REPORT, was the benchmark of social research in Australia for over thirty years. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of NSW, Macquarie and Charles Sturt universities. His most recent titles published by Hachette are ADVANCE AUSTRALIA WHERE?, WAYS OF ESCAPE, RIGHT & WRONG, WINTER CLOSE. Previous Books: WAYS OF ESCAPE, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA ... WHERE?, RIGHT AND WRONG, WINTER CLOSE.

Reviews for What Makes Us Tick: Making sense of who we are and the desires that drive us

'Hugh Mackay is one of this country's most perceptive social commentators.' [Sydney Morning Herald] 'Illuminator of other people's views ... a reporter of voices. Mackay ... is something of a national treasure.' [Canberra Times]


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