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Midlife Crisis

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Midlife Crisis


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Midlife Crisis

Our life goes through many crises. At birth, we survive the shock of leaving the protected womb of our mother, and to start breathing. The fact that we are unconscious of this intense stress does not save us from it being imprinted in our psyche. At puberty, we live our second significant crisis, trying to affirm our Ego in the midst of the usual insecurities of that period.

Our task of the first half of life is to strengthen our Ego, the director of our conscious psyche. When we get to 35 to 45 years of age, our life seems to get to a stop sign: the midlife crisis.

The midlife crisis acts as a warning to change the direction of our life. We pass through a period of depression. Although we know that we are mortals, we don´t think of death in the first half of life. The midlife crisis forces us to think about our mortality.

This crisis asks us to relativize our Ego, and to pay attention to the Self, the director of our total psyche, not only its conscious portion dominated by the Ego.

It is a time to think about our spiritual values and to reduce the attention to our material life. It is true that many – we can even say most – resist this change They overcome the depression and continue to live as if nothing changed. Work, more money, more work, more money. It seems that these persons work even harder, trying to avoid free time that would force them to think about life. So many people follow this trend that we can even conjecture if the god of the XXI century is gold.

Life may be hard on these resilient persons. The Self may bring to their lives situations that force them to change. Serious diseases, for instances.

Carl Jung called the Self the Image of God inside our psyche. It is not recommended to go counter this God. I think that life (the Self) send us signs urging us to correct the direction of our lives. Initially, these signs may be mild ones, but, if you don´t pay heed to them, they may turn serious. Don´t go against the Self. Don´t run this risk.

I finish quoting a very profound saying by Meister Eckhart, a fourteenth-century mystic: “Know that, by nature, every creature seeks to become like God. The intention of nature is neither food nor drink nor clothing nor comfort nor anything else in which God is left out. Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, humans are always secretly seeking, hunting, trying to figure out the path by which God can be found.”



I am Roberto Lima Netto, a writer who seeks to present, in easy words, the ideas of Carl Jung and of notable mystics and sages. I also write fiction, always trying to convey lessons of life. After all, Jesus taught us that the stories are the best way to present ideas. Some of my books are: The Little Prince for GrownupsThe Jungian BibleThe Amazon ShamanIn Search of Happiness, and A Boy, a metaphor for life, all available in Amazon and Kindle.

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.

Updated: 28/08/2014 — 3:46 pm

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