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.
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.
In 2004, he received the University of Sydney's alumni award for community service.
Hugh is an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong, a former deputy chairman of the Australia Council, a former chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and was the inaugural chairman of the ACT Government's Community Inclusion Board. He has been a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is a frequent guest on ABC radio.
Hugh Mackay, author of What Makes Us
Tick?, examines how the desire to be taken seriously affects human
"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