‘SPARE’ – A PSYCHOLOGIST’S PERSPECTIVE
Prince Harry’s newly published memoir is described as being ‘full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom.’
Certainly, Harry does have an interesting tale to tell. But is there more?
How deep is his self-reflection, how wise are his insights and how authentic are his revelations?
Melbourne Psychologist, Peter Quarry, who in 2022 published his own memoir, dissects Harry’s book looking for evidence of the increased self-awareness, the understanding of the humanity we all share, as well as those ‘aha’ moments that writing a memoir invariably triggers.
ABOUT PETER QUARRY: Peter Quarry studied psychology at Melbourne University in the mid 1970s. He worked initially as a counsellor of the unemployed, then pivoted to pubic speaking and workshop facilitating. In the 1980s, he co-foundered Ash Quarry Productions and became the expert, on screen presenter of corporate training videos that, over the following 20 prolific years, gained global recognition. Many were translated into multiple languages and won dozens of international awards. By the early 1990s, Peter came to the notice of ‘Good Morning Australia’, hosted by the legendary Bert Newton, where he secured a regular slot as the sometimes fun, sometimes serious ‘Resident Psychologist’. When he turned 50, Peter completely changed direction to study painting. Discovering a passion for portraits, through the next decade he held several exhibitions, received numerous commissions and won several art prizes. Recently, he returned to his professional roots, writing his debut book, ‘If I Were You – A psychologist puts himself on the couch’. It is described as ‘not just a memoir/self help, but a pathway to reboot your life’ (TotallyLit Podcast).
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