"Looking at the decisions we make with the use of Jungian analysis and Genesis."
Whether you’re religious or not, most people are familiar with the story in Genesis 1-3, or the story of how God made the world in 7 days. Using a modern day Eve, trapped in a cycle of unhealthy decisions and a parallel Genesis world, Why We Make Bad Choices by Maria Liviero explores the concepts of Carl Jung, looking at different aspects of human behaviour, exploring our sense of self and how understanding ourselves can lead to healthier decision making and thinking patterns.
When reading about psychological theory I always find it helpful when scenarios, anecdotes and narrative examples are used in order to develop an understanding of the theory. This use of the creation story is something I’ve not seen before, but it makes sense to use as most people would be familiar with it in some form. Although there is an emphasis on developing some form of spirituality, I liked how the author reiterated that the theories and arguments developed throughout could be linked to any religion.
Modern day struggles, digital communication, social media and women’s position in society are discussed alongside the seven deadly sins, the creation story and the snake as Eve talks things through with her therapist and Soul. Jumping in and out of the therapist’s office and a parallel world where Genesis is just taking place, Eve learns that there is both “good” and “evil” inside us all and, to risk mixing spiritual teachings, the one that wins is the one you feed. We also see the ups and downs of Eve’s therapy which I liked, there are breakthroughs and setbacks as she comes to understand the unconscious more, develops a better spiritual relationship and releases herself from the shackles of the “false self”
This is a unique mix of spirituality and psychology held within a narrative which serves as an argument for the place of spiritual teaching in modern society.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
|Primary Genre||Self Help and Personal Development|