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Why is there so often a difference between who we think we are - or who we show to the outside world - and some of our behaviors? Why do otherwise ordinary people gamble, drink, embezzle company funds, become addicted to Internet porn, cheat on their spouse, laugh at another's misfortune, or repeat the same destructive or self-sabotaging behaviors in relationships, at work, or in their daily habits?
In this volume, Dr. Hollis asks why there is often a split between our intentions and our outcomes. It is so much easier to blame our own shortcomings on someone else, but ultimately whatever remains unconscious will continue to manifest in our lives. Exploring the Shadow is important to our growth because it helps us repair our inner fractures or contradictions and helps us explore what inner forces are working against us and why. In addition to examining its presence in our personal lives, Hollis looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture - in history, religion, our organizations, and corporations.