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I have always believed that, as Robert Byrne once said, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose". After reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer. Why? I've been writing management books since my twenties. With the change of the century, I took a leap and dove into the field of Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. 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.
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.
I've always been a voracious reader. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield important insights for our daily lives. With my knowledge of Jungian psychology, I interpreted some masterpieces of the world literature, unearthing important life teachings. My first Jungian book - "The Little Prince for Grown-ups" - was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. It was published in Brazil, followed by "The Jungian Bible", which interprets some stories of the Old Testament. Both will be coming out in English shortly.
In addition to that, I am also writing fiction. Jesus Christ passed on his teachings in parables that were easy to read and enjoy. As a writer, I try to follow His approach, bringing ideas through fiction. "The Amazon Shaman," is a thriller involving the shaman initiation and Shamanism, which according to Jung, is historically and symbolically the basis of modern psychotherapy.
I like to see myself as an unorthodox philosopher that studied, in addition to Christianism and Jungian psychology, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shamanism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Spiritualism, and the Allan Kardec doctrine.
As a result of the Jungian analysis, my analyst suggested that I learned music to work on my inferior function: feeling. After five years studying music, I composed my parent`s 50th anniversary mass.
I attended Stanford University, where I completed a Masters in Engineering Mechanics (1967), a Masters in Industrial Engineering (1968), both of them with the highest GPAs of the class, and a PhD in Economic Systems Planning (1969).
In the business world, my great success was the turnaround of CSN, the largest steel mill in Latin America.
Happiness. How can human beings live happier lives? This is what justifies all my studies and writings. I have some good ideas in this area, but they are far from enough. Do you have any contribution to my search? Please go to my blog at www.HappinessAcademyOnline.com