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

Love your neighbor


Love your neighbor

Love your neighbor

Love your neighbor

Jesus said we should love our neighbor as we do ourselves. The problem is that many human beings do not love themselves. Did you know that boys abused by mothers, beaten by parents, prefer this treatment to be ignored? At least, they feel someone cares about them. But, when adults, they tend to give similar treatment to their children. That’s because they do not love themselves.

The boys see their parents as figures above good and evil, perfect people, demigods, and assigns the beatings they receive to their own problems. They think they are bad, even failing to understand the reason. They conclude that they cannot be loved, do not deserve to be loved. Consequently, they cannot love themselves

If this chain is not broken, it will be passed on from generation to generation, metaphorically similar to the sin of Adam and Eve by which all mankind is being punished.

To break this chain of abuse, a curse that passes from generation to generation, they need to learn to love themselves. The first step is self-awareness.

Already in the fifth century before Christ it was written at the entrance of Apollo Temple in Delphi was “Know Thyself.” Carl Jung also proposes that the ultimate goal of human life is to walk the journey of individuation that asks for the absorption by human consciousness of parts stored in the unconscious, exactly Apollo´s proposal.


I believe that our purpose in life is to be happy and that spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this pursuit of happiness. Some of my books are: “The Little Prince for Grownups“, “The Jungian Bible “, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness”.

Roberto Lima Netto

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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