Written by Solange Schneider
Dear colleagues, this is with great sadness that I inform you that Carlos Amadeu Botelho Byington died in February 2019. He was one of the pioneers of Analytical Psychology in Brazil, and his unflagging dedication produced some of the most important contributions to Jungian Psychology in Brazil and South America.
He was a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. Born in 1933, in São Paulo, he grew up in Rio de Janeiro, where he graduated in Medicine. He specialized in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, and in 1965, graduated from the Jung Institute in Zurich. He returned to Brazil and founded, with other colleagues, the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology, which by 2019 has trained one hundred and nineteen analysts. He also founded Moitará Society for the study of symbols of Brazilian culture, later incorporated into the SBPA.
He was a great admirer of Erich Neumann’s concepts, and worked on Neumann’s theory about the matriarchal and patriarchal archetypes. Later on, he developed his own theory, called Jungian Symbolic Psychology (Psicologia Simbólica Junguiana).
He is the author of many articles published in English and Portuguese; many were translated in Spanish, as he participated as a special guest in many events in Latin America.
He often described himself as someone who is ‘addicted to symbols’.
He produced an enormous number of articles, lectures and interviews.
All those who had the pleasure of working with him could enjoy his deep knowledge and sensibility, which he shared with great generosity.
His website has some of his articles and lectures for reading or downloading, and also a list of his books. The website is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English. I highly recommend it: www.carlosbyington.com.br