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The Oedipus Myth

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The Oedipus Myth


Oedipus Myth

Oedipus Myth

The Oedipus myth is one of the most popular myths of ancient Greece. Oedipus meets his father at a crossroads, and not knowing that he was his real father, kills him in combat. Then he marries his mother, also not knowing whom she is. For these errors, Oedipus is cruelly punished by the gods. His mother kills herself, he rips his own eyes and leads a life of penance.

The notoriety of this myth is due to the importance attributed to it by Freud, who saw in it the sexual attraction of the child for his mother and his animosity with his father. (Oedipus Complex)

Looking at the myth superficially, it seems that life has committed a serious injustice with Oedipus. He killed his father, but did not know whom he was. He married his mother also without knowing whom she was.

However, looking from the Jungian point of view, we can take an important lesson from this myth, even more valuable than Freud´s one. Oedipus was punished because life does not accept unconsciousness. Oedipus did not know whom he was, did not know his father and his mother. Life severely punishes unconsciousness.

According to Jung, each human being comes into the world not to be happy, not to be good. The objective of human life is to increase his consciousness. Also, according to Jung, the gains of consciousness by every human being are stored in the collective unconscious of humanity for the use of all future generations.

This should be the goal of every human being: to raise his consciousness and, in this process to evolve, to become a better human being and to help the progress of humanity.

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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