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Little Prince on Giving up

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Little Prince on Giving up

Wisdom of the Little Prince (4)

Stranded in the desert, Antoine receives the visit of The Little Prince. Surprised, he asks questions. The Little Prince ignores them but repeats his request for the drawing of a sheep.

Antoine, as a child, drew the hat-boa constrictor. Since grownups did not recognize his efforts, he gave up drawing. Giving up is one characteristic of the “puer aeternus”. If the task requires too much effort, the puer gives up. Fortunately, his great creativity allowed him an easy ride as a writer; otherwise he probably would have given up his writing career.

Antoine tries to draw the sheep demanded by the Prince, but gives up after three trials. The puer gives up. To get rid of the demand of the Little Prince, he draws a box and says that the sheep is inside. To his surprise, the Little Prince looks inside through a hole in the box, opens a smile and says it is exactly the sheep he wanted.

The box may be a symbol for Antoine situation. The puer, when facing a life problem, tries to solve it, but, after a few unsuccessful trials, locks it in a box and forgets it. Unfortunately, repression never is a solution, but is the puer way of avoiding the world.

Jung said that the cure for the puer neurosis is work. Antoine worked as a pilot, a job that kept him outside of the earth, outside of human society, and as a writer, another lonely function. Both jobs did not help him.

Jung used to say that we don’t cure our neurosis, but it eventually cures us. It seems that Antoine’s neurosis did not cure him.

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.

 

 

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Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (4) 130310

Perdido no deserto, Antoine recebe a visita do Pequeno Príncipe que lhe pede um desenho de uma ovelha. Surpreso, Antoine lhe faz perguntas. O Pequeno Príncipe ignora-as, mas repete o seu pedido de uma ovelha.

Antoine, quando criança, havia desenhado o chapéu gibóia. Como os adultos não souberam interpretá-lo, ele desistiu de desenhar. Desistir é uma característica do “puer aeternus”. Se a tarefa requer muito esforço, o puer desiste. Felizmente, sua grande criatividade permitiu-lhe ser escritor sem grande esforço. Caso contrário, provavelmente teria desistido dessa carreira.

Antoine tenta desenhar a ovelha pedida pelo príncipe, mas desiste depois de três tentativas. O puer desiste. Para se livrar da demanda do Pequeno Príncipe, ele desenha uma caixa e diz que a ovelha está dentro. Para sua surpresa, o Pequeno Príncipe olha através de um buraco na caixa, abre um sorriso e diz que é exatamente a ovelha que queria.

A caixa pode ser um símbolo para a situação de Antoine. O puer, ao enfrentar um problema da vida, tenta resolvê-lo, mas, depois de algumas tentativas frustradas, esconde-o em uma caixa e o esquece. Infelizmente, nunca a repressão é uma solução, mas é a forma que o puer usa para evitar responsabilidades.

Jung disse que a cura para a neurose do puer é trabalho. Antoine era piloto, um trabalho que o manteve fora da terra, fora da sociedade humana. Foi também escritor, outra função solitária. Ambos os trabalhos não o ajudaram a vencer sua neurose.

Jung dizia que nós não curamos nossas neuroses, mas ela eventualmente nos cura. Parece que a neurose de Antoine não conseguiu curá-lo.

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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