The Institute of Positive Education's Insight Series brings some of the leading thinkers in the field of Positive Psychology & Positive Education to Geelong and Melbourne, for guest lectures that are designed to inform and inspire. Over the coming months, we will be continuing these events in an online format, via Zoom Webinar.

Exploring the Inner Self: The Joy of Self Discovery

Hugh Mackay, AO

7.30pm, 2 September (AEST)

In our fourth Insight Series Online event, Hugh Mackay, one of Australia’s most respected social psychologists, will explore the differences between our ‘inner’ and ‘social’ selves, and in the process, take us to the heart of what it means to be human.

Based on his new book, The Inner Self, Hugh Mackay will examine the ways we try to hide from the truth about our essentially loving nature, and describe the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: ‘Who am I, really?’

About Hugh Mackay, AO

Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author of 21 books, including What Makes Us Tick, The Good Life and Australia Reimagined. His latest non-fiction book is The Inner Self, to be published in 2020 concurrently with his eighth novel, The Question of Love.

He has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Royal Society of NSW. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.


Previous guest lecturers have included:

Martin Seligman, Alfie Kohn, Helen Street, Russell Harris, Michelle McQuaid, Maureen Gaffney, Matthew Johnstone, Cris Popp,Tim Cope, Dianne Vella-Broderick, Maria Sirios, Toni Powell, Tony Fernando, Karen Bluth, Tom Brunzell, Michael Steger and Maggie Dent.

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