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Little Prince on Puer Neurosis

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Little Prince on Puer Neurosis

Wisdom of the Little Prince (5)

Antoine admiration for the Little Prince increased when he showed him his first drawing. The hat was immediately recognized as a boa digesting an elephant.

The elephant as a symbol carries positive as well as negative connotations. In Africa, it is a great honor if a person is given the title of elephant. It is the symbol of the shaman, embodying courage wisdom and secret knowledge. Europeans projected in the elephant the image of the divine child and of Christ. As every archetype, the elephant also has a negative side: it is moody and inclined to fits of rage. Antoine had these negative characteristics, and we may assume that he unconsciously saw himself eaten by the boa, eaten by the unconscious.

The problem with artists is that they keep  close proximity with the unconscious. If their Ego is not well structured – and puers generally do not have a strong ego – they risk being swamped by the unconscious.

Antoine’s close contact with the unconscious gave him his writing genius, but this contact was not mediated by a strong ego. As a result, his neurosis could not cure him, and produced a tragic end to his life story as we will see in the following posts.

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.


O Pequeno Príncipe e a Neurose do Puer.

Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (5)

A admiração de Antoine pelo Pequeno Príncipe aumentou quando ele lhe mostrou o seu primeiro desenho. O chapéu foi imediatamente reconhecido como uma jiboia digerindo um elefante.

O elefante como um símbolo carrega conotações positivas e negativas. Na África, é uma grande honra, se uma pessoa recebe o título de elefante. É o símbolo do xamã, incorporando sabedoria, coragem e conhecimento secreto. Os europeus projetam no elefante a imagem da criança divina e de Cristo. Como todo arquétipo, o elefante também tem um lado negativo: é temperamental e inclinado a acessos de raiva. Antoine tinha essas características negativas, e pode-se supor que ele, inconscientemente, viu-se engolido pela jiboia, absorvido pelo inconsciente.

O problema com os artistas é que eles mantêm grande proximidade com o inconsciente, a fonte da criatividade. Se o seu Ego não está bem estruturado – e puers geralmente não têm um Ego forte – correm o risco de serem inundados pelo inconsciente.

Antoine contato com o inconsciente lhe deu seu gênio escrita, mas esse contato não foi mediada por um ego forte. Como resultado, sua neurose não poderia curá-lo, e produziu um final trágico para sua história de vida, como veremos nos posts seguintes.

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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