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Little Prince in Search of Happiness

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Prince coverLittle Prince in Search of Happiness

We all go through life searching for happiness. Are we looking at the right place? Many think that a new car will bring happiness, a new home, a vacation. What we get, at most, is temporary satisfaction.

Nasrudin, who is called a fool or a wise man of the Sufi folklore, was searching for his keys under the light post. A friend came and started to help him. After some time of unsuccessful search, the friend asked: “Are you sure you lost the keys here?”

“Oh, no,” answered Nasrudin, “I lost them over there.”

The friend scratched is head: “I don’t understand. Why are you searching here?”

“Because there is light here.”

Don’t laugh. Are you sure you are not searching for your happiness in the wrong place? “The Little Prince”, the master work of Saint-Exupery, shows us many occasions in which human beings are absolutely wrong in their pursuit of happiness. Many see the book as a children book. Wrong! “The Little Prince for Grownups” shows how profound the Little Prince lessons are.

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.

Capa Principe 130124Buscando a Felicidade

Todos desejamos a felicidade. Será que estamos procurando no lugar certo? Muitos pensam que um carro novo vai trazer-lhe felicidade, uma nova casa, um período de férias. O que temos, no máximo, é uma satisfação temporária. No mês seguinte queremos mais.

Nasrudin, um tolo ou um sábio do folclore Sufi, estava à procura de suas chaves sob o poste de luz. Um amigo veio e começou a ajudá-lo. Após algum tempo de busca infrutífera, o amigo perguntou: “Tem certeza de que perdeu as chaves aqui?”

“Oh, não”, respondeu Nasrudin, “Eu as perdi lá.” E apontou para um lugar bem escuro.

O amigo coçou a cabeça: “Não entendo. Por que você está procurando aqui?”

“Porque onde as perdi não tem luz.”


Não ria. Você tem certeza de que está procurando sua felicidade no lugar certo? “O Pequeno Príncipe”, a obra-prima de Saint-Exupéry, relata muitas ocasiões em que os seres humanos estão completamente errados em sua busca da felicidade. Muitos veem o livro como um livro infantil. Errado! “O Pequeno Príncipe para Gente Grande” mostra quão importantes são as lições do Pequeno Príncipe para adultos.

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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