Decoding Purpose with Rebecca Tapp

Welcome To Another Episode Of The Decoding Purpose Podcast.

Now, when it comes to purpose I have never been sold on the idea that purpose is all about knowing your why, or having a statement of why. A statement of why is simply words coming out of our mouth or onto a page. These words can help us to access purpose, but I think there is a much deeper truth. Purpose is not WHY we exist. Purpose is WHO we are.

With that in mind, what if searching for the truth of WHO we are was a much better starting place than starting WHY? What if we were brave enough to peel back the layers of socially constructed identity and of ego in order to discover a truer version of ourselves. If we did that could it also be possible that we would discover purpose there? And if all of that is true then where do we begin?

Today's guest will answer all of those questions and more. Hugh Mackay AO is a social researcher, psychologist and bestselling author of 19 books, including The Good Life, The Art of Belonging and his latest book which we are diving into today - The Inner Self: The Joy of Discovering Who We Really Are.

The Inner Self is a book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?' Hugh Mackay explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. He explains how it is our fear of love's demands that drive us into hiding.

Hugh has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

So get ready to dive into your truth within. Hold on tight - this episode will take you on a ride. Welcome to the podcast.

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