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Hugh Mackay on the Human Desire to Be Taken Seriously

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/03/22/Hugh_Mackay_What_Makes_Us_TickHugh Mackay, author of What Makes Us Tick?, examines how the desire to be taken seriously affects human behavior. "If we're not taken seriously enough it usually brings out the worst in us," says Mackay. "Much anger in humans individually, and in entire nations comes from feeling as if we haven't been taken seriously."-----Hugh Mackay has been making notes and taking the pulse of the Australian psyche for several decades now. His latest book illuminates how our desires, such as "being taken seriously" and "a place to call home" are linked to personal identity and relationship satisfaction.As much as Mackay has been able to come up with a broad list, his refreshing humility on the subject of human "rationality" allows room for a good chuckle, if at least in hindsight. - Australian Broadcasting CorporationHugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and novelist. He is the author of thirteen books, including six bestsellers. His latest book, What Makes Us Tick?: The Ten Desires That Drive Us, came out last year. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW and Western Sydney universities.
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