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




I use the term “individuation” to denote the process by which a person becomes a psychological “in-dividual“, that is a separate indivisible unity or whole


Individuation is the process of acquiring more consciousness. When Adam and Eve ate the apple, the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, they got more conscious. They started their journey of individuation. This journey aims to increase the level of personal consciousness. The more material hid inside the unconscious we bring to consciousness, the more advanced we are on our journey. The central objective of Jungian Psychology is to steer the person thru the process of individuation.

Many like to compare individuation with the Buddhist concept of illumination, but they are different. Both have the objective of making the person more conscious, one by the absorption of unconscious material, the other by getting closer to God. Some Buddhists may object to my using the word God, but I think this better describes the process. The basic difference is that illumination is a stage one can reach, and individuation is a process. Individuation is a journey and illumination, the final station of the road.

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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