Hugh Mackay on the Human Desire to Be Taken Seriously





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Published on Aug 3, 2011

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Hugh 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 Corporation

Hugh 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.

Comments • 11

@drche420 yeah ok that makes perfect sense. (guess i misinterpreted it slightly) 
This is a nice summation of why we become indignant when not taken seriously. Thank you. 
Ryan Nace
Proud. Auto correct fail
Ryan Nace
There are a few groups I'm period to be limited into. American. US Marine. Artilleryman. Conservative.
His message is: one should take opinions of all other people seriously. But everybody has an opinion on everything even when knowing absolutely nothing. Its just impractical. I think that to be taken seriously is earned. How would you take stupid/uninformed people seriously. Or is he merely asking to act as if one takes them seriously.
@optionsupdate it's a complicated story. Some people prefer the "the evil one"-View on the topic. Nevertheless, his uprising had more to do with a whole nation, without perspective, without future, without dignity, and one crazy lunatic, who was enough of a demagogue to convince a whole nation, that under his lead, they will return to prosperity, blinding them not to see what's really going on. The sad thing is, his scapegoat-approach still works on most people, as demagogues worldwide prove. 
@liquidminds hitler is very misunderstood
@specialmike140 what he actually ment was that after WW1, the were "bashed" down, with the idea that they must never get strong enough to start a war again. That caused the type of desperation and mentality, that allowed politicians like Hitler to exploit the suffering of the population for his own causes. Hitler didn't start with "we need to kill all jews and dominate the world"... in the beginning it was all about creating jobs and better lifes and a feeling of beeing worth something.
His right, but he miss the other side of the story, The reflection, maybe the person who feel neglected is being neglected for a good reason !
silly. It is not surprising that after so many years of spouting nonsense that he wants so much to be taken seriously. Im sure this is a problem for many chardonnay socialists - its not so much fun when the peasants dont take you seriously...
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