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

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Your thoughts make a difference. A psychological study by Emons and McCullough – Counting Blessings versus Burdens – published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 84, no.2 (2003) divided participants into three groups.

Group one was asked to list five things they were grateful for that happened in the last week. The second group, to write five things that bothered them in the last week, and the third group to write five things irrespective of being pleasurable or worrisome. This experiment lasted ten weeks.

In the grateful category, people listed things like a beautiful sunset, the generosity of friends, the chance to be alive. In the hassles condition, people included taxes, difficulty to find a parking space, letting the food overcook and so on.

People of the first group, who concentrated in uplifting thoughts, felt happier and appeared happier to their friends.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

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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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