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The Unconscious Man

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The Unconscious Man


Unconscious Man

Unconscious Man

The unconscious man? Is man uncounscious? A bus driver killed a passenger because of a change of 30 cents. Do you think that man is a rational animal ? Haa, haa, haa! The human being is partly rational, very partially. Our unconscious is a key factor in our actions.

Jung said:

We too can become dissociated and lose our identity. We can be possessed and altered by moods or become unreasonable.

Beyond doubt, even in what we call a high level of civilization, human consciousness has not yet achieved a reasonable degree of continuity. It is still vulnerable and liable to fragmentation.

Rationality is a gift that man has achieved over thousands of generations. Our ancestors lacked the faculty of thinking and lived instinctively. Modern man has developed a high degree of rational thought but did not get rid of the emotions. Emotion are not harmful, but rather is the salt of life, the spice that sets us apart from robots. But when we are controlled by our emotions, they can cause us problems. Our Ego, which many believe to be the sole director of our lives, can lose control momentarily.

Does the driver truly wanted to kill the passenger, or he was led to this thoughtless act – unconscious – overcome by emotion?

Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, said:

My definition of a devil is an angel that was not recognized. Rather, it is a power to which you denied and repressed. So, like all repressed energy, it begins to grow and become extremely dangerous.

Your emotion can be an angel or a demon. If you repress it, it becomes a demon capable of killing a human being for a few cents.

Many centuries before Christ, the Greeks were advocating more consciousness. “Know thyself” Be aware. Avoid the takeover of the Shadow that we all have in our unconscious. It, among other personalities, also harbors a killer. Be aware, become aware of your unconscious.

Could you kill a person? Probably, not. But, gripped by a strong emotion, your Ego may lose control, and you may commit acts of which you regret later.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian writer. Some of my books are: “The Little Prince for Grow-ups“, a mythological and psychological analysis of Little Prince, “The Jungian Bible” using some Old Testament stories to explain Jungian concepts to laymen, and “Amazon Shaman“, an adventure in the Amazon jungle.

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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