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Little Prince on Creativity

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Little Prince on Creativity

Wisdom of the Little Prince (1)

Where does creativity come from? According to Jung, the human psyche can be divided into three parts: the conscious (Ego), the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. This last part is common to all human beings, and can be partially accessed in a state of meditation, when you are relaxed and your brain is working on alpha or theta waves. It can also erupt naturally in consciousness, when you have an inspiration. The collective unconscious is the place of creativity.

Every masterpiece starts with an inspiration that comes from the unconscious, and the task of the writer is to arrange the material artistically. As a result, masterpieces bring important teachings and buried treasures, and some may not be known by the author. A psychological interpretation of the text can unearth these jewels.

The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is one of these masterpieces full of important teachings. To dig for these jewels, it is useful to know about the author’s psychology.

Antoine dedicates the book to his friend Léon Werth, his best friend. But he immediately excuses himself for dedicating it to a grownup. He corrects himself saying that he intended to dedicate it to the child Léon once was; the first hint that Saint-Exupéry was afraid of growing old.

Fear of growing old is a neurosis. Persons that suffer from it are called “puer aeternus”, eternal child. They fear the loss of creativity and innocence, natural characteristics of children, but that do not need to abandon grownups.

Jesus said (Mathew 18:3), “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Beware! Jesus says, “become as little children.” Not “become little children.”

Many artists keep their creativity through life. Otherwise they would not produce great works later in life. But this neurosis – puer aeternus – affects not only artists.

A “puer” has a strong mother complex. As a result, he might have homosexual tendencies or, on the other extreme, suffer from Don Juanism. None of these symptoms affected Saint-Exupery, but he did suffer from a strong mother complex.

Antoine was born in an aristocratic family. His father was Count Jean de Saint-Exupéry and his mother Countess Marie de Fonscolombe. His father died before he completed his fourth year and his mother, a very dominant personality took over his education. Saint-Exupéry grew with a strong mother complex and turned a “puer aeternus”.

The puer neurosis has a tendency to avoid the earthly contacts and is characteristic of a few pilots. They want to abandon earth, not to be involved with people.

We will see that this “puer” characteristic will appear in many passages in The Little Prince.

If you want more of the wisdom of the Little Prince, please click on:

  1. Little Prince on Creativity
  2. Little Prince on Children Dreams
  3. Little Prince on Depression
  4. Little Prince on Giving up
  5. Little Prince on Puer Neurosis
  6. Little Prince on Judging Oneself
  7. Little Prince on Flattery

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.


 Pequeno Príncipe sobre Criatividade

A Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (1)

De onde vem a criatividade? De acordo com Jung, a psique humana pode ser dividida em três partes: o consciente (Ego), o inconsciente pessoal e o inconsciente coletivo. Esta última parte é comum a todos os seres humanos, e pode ser parcialmente acessada em estado de meditação, quando você está relaxado e seu cérebro funciona em ondas alfa ou teta. Pode também surgir naturalmente na consciência, como uma inspiração. O inconsciente coletivo é o lugar onde a criatividade se esconde.

Cada obra começa com uma inspiração que vem do inconsciente, e a tarefa do escritor é organizar o material artisticamente. Como resultado, obras trazem ensinamentos importantes e tesouros enterrados que nem sempre os próprios autores reconhecem.

A interpretação psicológica do texto pode desenterrar algumas dessas joias. O Pequeno Príncipe de Antoine de Saint-Exupéry é uma dessas obras de arte cheias de importantes ensinamentos. Devemos conhecer um pouco da psicologia autor para ter acesso a estas joias.

Antoine dedica o livro a Léon Werth, seu melhor amigo. Mas imediatamente se desculpa por dedicá-lo a um adulto e se corrige dizendo que pretendia dedicá-lo ao Léon criança, o primeiro indício de que Saint-Exupéry estava com medo de envelhecer.

O medo de envelhecer é uma neurose. Pessoas que sofrem com isso são chamados de “puer aeternus”, eterna criança. Eles temem a perda da criatividade e inocência, características naturais das crianças, mas que não precisam abandonar os adultos.

Jesus disse (Mateus 18:03) “Em verdade vos digo que, se não vos converterdes e tornardes como crianças, vocês não entrarão no reino dos céus.” Cuidado! Jesus diz: “como crianças.” Não “crianças“. Muitos artistas mantem sua criatividade através da vida. Caso contrário, não poderiam produzir grandes obras em idade madura. Mas essa neurose – puer aeternus – também afeta outras pessoas, não somente artistas.

O “puer” tem um complexo materno forte. Como resultado, pode ter tendências homossexuais, ou, no outro extremo, sofrer de Don Juanismo. Nenhum desses sintomas afetava Saint-Exupery, mas ele tinha um forte complexo materno.

Antoine nasceu em uma família aristocrática. Seu pai era o Conde Jean de Saint-Exupéry e sua mãe, a condessa Marie de Fonscolombe. Seu pai morreu antes de Antoine completar seu quarto ano, e sua mãe, uma personalidade muito dominante, assumiu sua educação. Saint-Exupéry cresceu com um complexo de mãe forte e virou um “puer aeternus”.

A neurose puer tem uma tendência a evitar os contatos na terra e é uma característica comum entre alguns pilotos. Eles querem abandonar a terra para não se envolver com as pessoas.

Veremos que esta característica “puer” aparece em muitas passagens do Pequeno Príncipe.

Você está convidado a conhecer outras pérolas da Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe, clicando em:

  1. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Criatividade
  2. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Sonhos de Criança
  3. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Depressão
  4. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Desistência
  5. Pequeno Príncipe sobre a Puer Neurose
  6. Pequeno Príncipe sobre o Julgamento Próprio
  7. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Adulação

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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