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A Blog about Psychology (Jungian), Spirituality and Happiness, By Roberto Lima Netto.

Hero and Heroine

Hero and Heroine

 

In this overpoweringly humdrum existence, alas, there is little out of the ordinary that is healthy, and not much room for conspicuous heroism. Not that heroic demands are never put to us: on the contrary—and this is just what is so irritating and irksome—the banal everyday makes banal demands upon our patience, our devotion, our perseverance, self-sacrifice; and for us to fulfill these demands (as we must) humbly and without courting applause through heroic gestures, a heroism is needed that cannot be seen from the outside. It does not glitter, is not be lauded, and it always seeks concealment in everyday attire.

Carl Jung

 

When we think of heroes, we think of the great figures of world myths. We think of the Greek heroes – Hercules, Achilles, and many others – or the war heroes, some known and revered and others unknown but equally heroic.

Myths, fairy tales and literature are full of images of the hero or heroine. Joseph Campbell dedicated a book to the study of the figure of the heroes as they appear all over the world and found out that they share common characteristics. It suggests an archetypal basis. We all have, inside our psyche, the archetype of the hero.

We are all heroes. When we think about heroes, we think about more than human figures. But, in our daily lives we are being called to be heroes every time, as Jung so rightly says in the opening of this page.

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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