What Makes Us Tick?: The 10 Desires That Drive Us

Dr Mackay has spent a lifetime listening to people talk about their dreams, fears, hopes, disappointments and passions. As well, his bestselling books have documented the impact of the changes that have been radically reshaping our society. In WHAT MAKES US TICK? he reflects on some of the things that don't change, identifies ten desires that drive us all, and asks: Why do we talk as if we're rational, but act as if we're not?; Why do some people always want to take control?; Why do we seek change, yet resist it?; Why do we want more of the things that have failed to satisfy us? . His exploration of these and other issues goes to the heart of some of life's big questions. In this new edition Hugh Mackay offers a postscript that delves into the many concerns that were raised by people around the country when he was first promoting WHAT MAKES US TICK?. They include: Why do people become workaholics?; How can religious people hold such irrational beliefs?; Why are so many people hooked on social media?; What about gender and generational differences?; Shouldn t our desire for security be on the list? , as well as many other issues that resonate with modern Australia. He also offers more thoughts on: the desire to be taken seriously; the desire for my place; the desire for something to believe in; the desire to connect; the desire to be useful. This is a book that will explain us to ourselves.

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By Banafsheh (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · December 14, 2010
Truth be told, I am a sucker for studies on social behaviours. Complex and insecure, we have a tendency to think of ourselves as the most important person in the world, with problems and desires that are uniquely our own. In What Makes Us Tick? Mackay reveals that as a whole, we share ten ‘social... ...more
By Ms Tlaskal (Sydney, 02, Australia) · October 06, 2011
Very interesting to dip into and reflect that all of our impulses are ways of having these ten desires fulfilled. Some of the desires are obvious; such as the desire for love and belonging whilst others are more circumspect; the desire for something to happen. Each of the ten desires would be a g... ...more
By Jacqui (Singapore, 00, Singapore) · ★★★★☆ · April 12, 2014
This book was a fascinating insight into the 10 desires that drive all human beings: to be taken seriously; for 'my place'; for something to believe in; to connect; to be useful; to belong; for more; for control; for something to happen; for love.

What I found most interesting was the fact that o... ...more
By Heather (Adelaide, 05, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · March 21, 2015
This is a book that really made me think - it gave me a lens to look through when thinking about my own choices and actions and those of others. I plan to revisit it again in future as it's knowledge well worth keeping active in my mind. Along with other books I'm currently reading or have read i... ...more
By Paige (Adelaide, 05, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · March 02, 2011
Human behaviour is fascinating. Social researcher Hugh Mackay has selected 10 desires that motivate us. Each desire is expanded upon in an interesting way with observations and facts and figures presented to support his views. It is an engaging piece of writing... and Mackay cleverly weaves curre... ...more
By Zahraa (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · November 10, 2013
Very well written and a pleasure to read - Mackay addressed the desires thoroughly enough considering the relatively short length of the book. I wish there was just a bit more than just a "discussion" of the desires. ...more
By Jeremy (Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · October 22, 2011
Interesting read. It covers a lot of things that most already know. There are some intriguing parts to the book however there is plenty of fluff in between. Interesting concept, reasonable execution. ...more
By Greg (Ryde, 02, Australia) · November 22, 2013
This was a Christmas present.

I had looked at it at the library and I like Hugh Mackay, he writes a column in the weekend papers. Let's see how I go with this one. ...more
By Morag (New Zealand) · ★★★☆☆ · April 20, 2011
A once-over-lightly sweep on the emotional needs that we all have. Intersting, but not riveting or startlingly revealing. ...more
By Rebecca (Melbourne, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · February 22, 2011
This is extremely fascinating but easy to read, will be seeing about blogging on each Chapter. Lots of food for thought. ...more