Sunday, January 5, 2014

12 Archetypes, Which One Are You?

 "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."―Benjamin Franklin

 Let's have a little fun in the exploration of self. How well do you know yourself? Carl Gustav Jung adapted emotional archetypes such as the shadow, the mother, the wise old man, the anima (the feminine image in the male psyche) and the animus (the male image in the female psyche) among others. Dr. Carol Pearson builds on Jung's theory to devise her 12 mythic universal characteristics. See if you identify within yourself any of the traits below, and use the information to make clear and informed decisions in 2014.

 1.   The Innocent
Core Desire: Independence and fulfillment - Free to be you and me
Goal: To be happy

2.  The Explorer
Core Desire: To define one's self by exploring the world with freedom
Goal: To experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life

3.   The Sage
Core Desire: To discover the truth
Goal: To use intelligence and analysis to understand the world.

4.   The Hero
Core Desire: To prove one’s worth through courageous and difficult action
Goal: To exert mastery in a way that improves the world

5.   The Outlaw
Core Desire: To seek revenge or start a revolution
Goal: To destroy what is not working (for the Outlaw or the society)

6.   The Magician
Core Desire: To have knowledge of the fundamental laws of how the world or universe works
Goal: To make dreams come true

7.   The Regular Guy/Girl
Core Desire: To form a connection with others
Goal: To belong, fit in

8.   The Lover
Core Desire: To attain intimacy and experience sensual pleasure
Goal: To be in a relationship with the people, work, experiences and surroundings that one loves

9.   The Jester
Core Desire: To live in the moment with full enjoyment
Goal: To have a great time and lighten up the world

10. The Caregiver
Core Desire: To protect people from harm
Goal: To help others

11.  The Creator
Core Desire: To create something of enduring value
Goal: To give form to a vision

12. The Ruler
Core Desire: To control
Goal: To create a prosperous and successful family, company or community