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Achilles

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Achilles

AquillesAchilles was the son of Thetis, a goddess, and Peleus, a mortal. Thetis wanted to make him immortal by dipping him in the River Styx, but since she held him by the heel, that part proved to be vulnerable to death.

Psychologically, we can say that Achilles, so loved and protected by his mother, turned into a mother boy. A mother boy could turn out effeminate or, as was the case of Achilles, could grow with a sense of invincibility. In Achilles´ case, he goes thru life thinking that he can get everything he sets his mind to. But he is not perfect as he thinks he is. He has an Achilles´ hell. No human being can be perfect.

One of the problems these types face is a difficulty to accept commands from a superior. When Agamemnon takes from him Briseis, his concubine, Achilles gets angry and refuses to continue his involvement in the war, a painful loss to the Greek army. Only after his friend Patroclus is slain in combat, Achilles returns to the battle to avenge his death.

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.

 

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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