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Little Prince on Depression

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Little Prince on Depression

Wisdom of the Little Prince (3)

Antoine has problems with his aircraft and is stranded in the desert. This is a typical event in the life of human beings. We find the journey through the desert in history and mythology.

The passing through the desert is a metaphor for a period of inwardness. It is a state of depression. The libido turns inside, and the ego loses interest on external matters. This may occur more than once through our life, but is typical of the so called mid-life crisis that affects most, if not all human beings.

In the book, Antoine landed in the Sahara desert, miles from any help. He had eight days of water to fix his plane or die. Danger! Grave crisis!

Human beings normally go through this mid-life crisis. This happens when we are 35 to 50 years old, and we feel like we are in the desert, even if living in New York.

Jesus went to the desert for forty days, Moses for many years, Jonas stayed in the belly of a whale for three days, Dante starts his masterpiece – The Divine Comedy – with the words that best express one’s  feeling of in the desert: “In the middle of life, having lost the true path, I found myself lost in the dark jungle. To describe such harshness is so painful that my memory is reluctant to revisit it. So sad it was that death itself was not greater sorrow.”

This state of despair tormented Antoine, and he pictured it as a fall in the desert. In fact, he had a real life episode of falling in the desert, at that time accompanied by his mechanic. They were saved by desert Arabs.

In the desert, Antoine meets the Little Prince, matter for the next post.

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 Bible,  The Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

Português

O Pequeno Príncipe sobre Depressão

Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (3)

Antoine teve um problema com o motor do seu avião e está preso no deserto. Este é um caso típico na vida dos seres humanos. Encontramos a viagem através do deserto na história e na mitologia universal.

A passagem pelo deserto é uma metáfora para um período de interioridade, um período de depressão. A libido volta-se para dentro, e o ego perde o interesse em assuntos externos. Isto pode ocorrer mais de uma vez em nossa vida, mas é típico da chamada crise de meia-idade que afeta a maioria, se não todos os seres humanos.

Antoine pousou no deserto do Saara, a quilômetros de qualquer ajuda. Ele tinha oito dias de água para consertar seu avião ou morrer. Perigo! Grave crise!

Os seres humanos normalmente passam por esta crise de meia-idade, que acontece quando estamos entre 35 e 50 anos, e sentimos que estamos no deserto, mesmo vivendo em Nova York.

Jesus foi para o deserto por quarenta dias, Moisés, por muitos anos, Jonas esteve no ventre de uma baleia por três dias, Dante começa a sua obra-prima – A Divina Comédia – com as palavras que melhor expressam o sentimento de abandono no deserto: “Da vida ao meio da jornada, tendo perdido o caminho verdadeiro, achei-me embrenhado em selva escura. Descrever qual fosse tal aspereza umbrosa é tarefa assaz penosa que a memória reluta em relembrar. Tão triste era que na própria morte não haverá muito mais tristeza”.

Este mesmo estado de desespero atormentava Antoine, e ele o retratou como uma queda no deserto. Na verdade, ele teve uma queda no deserto na vida real acompanhado por seu mecânico. Eles foram salvos por árabes do deserto.

No livro, Antoine encontra o Pequeno Príncipe, matéria para o próximo post.

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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