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What are archetypes?
The term ‘archetype’ was coined by Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung (1875-1961). He explored how symbols and common myths influence our thinking on both conscious and subconscious levels.
Jung wrote about the relationship between our personal unconscious, comprising an individual's personal memories and ideas, and a collective unconscious, a set of universal memories and concepts belonging to all of humanity. Shared concepts, or archetypes, permeate the collective unconscious and emerge as themes, symbolism and characters in our dreams and in our culture – such as in myths, books, films and art.
The primary Archetypes
We are all born with the primary archetypes, which are found universally across all cultures, such as the mother figure, the father figure, the wise old man, the shadow, the animus and anima, etc. For example, the mother figure embodies the qualities of caring, fertility and nurturing. Examples: ancient fertility dolls that have been excavated all over the world, Mother Mary, the Empress of the Tarot card deck, Mother Earth.
The shadow archetype, for example, consists of the repressed thoughts and perceived weaknesses we do not want to show others and cause us anxiety, anger, fear or shame. These repressed thoughts and beliefs that are relegated to the subconscous, if not resolved, will negatively influence and sabotage our choices in life.
Examples of the shadow archetype can be found in most literature as the villainous character, such as the snake in the Garden of Eden. Mr. Hyde, in R L Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) transforms into the evil Dr. Jekyll, representing Mr Hyde’s shadow self.
Jung described the animus as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the anima as the unconscious feminine side of a man.
The 12 personality Archetypes
Jung defined twelve primary personality archetypes representing the range of basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. In general all of these archetypes make up our personality to a greater or lesser degree, but each of us tends to have one archetype that dominates our personality and drives our life path and purpose.
Here's a description of the 12 Personality Archetypes:
1. The Innocent
Commonly known as the utopian, the Innocent possesses the incorruptible desire for peace and happiness of all.
- Roles: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer.
- Motto: “Free to be me, free to be you.”
- Core desire: To attain paradise.
- Goal: Happiness.
- Strategy: To do things right.
- Positive traits: Faith and optimism.
- Negative traits: Naivety, naive innocence, wishy washy.
- Greatest fear: to be punished for doing something bad or wrong.
The Innocent seems to have read and absorbed every self-help book in the world. They’re optimistic and always searching for happiness. The innocent sees the good in everything. They want to feel well-adjusted to the world around them. The innocent also wants to please others and feel like they belong.
2. The Member, Orphan or Everyman
Excelling at contributing to something bigger, the member is your ordinary man who can provide excellent support towards a broader vision or a shared goal.
- Roles: The good old boy, good girl, regular guy/girl, the person next door, the realist, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbor, the silent majority.
- Motto: “All men and women are created equal.”
- Core Desire: Connecting with others.
- Goal: To belong.
- Strategy: Developing ordinary solid virtues, be down to earth, the common touch.
- Positive traits: Realism, empathy, lack of pretense.
- Negative traits: Losing self identity in an effort to blend in, conform or for the sake of superficial relationships.
- Greatest fear: To be left out or to stand out from the crowd.
The orphan archetype walks around with open wounds. They feel betrayed and disappointed. They want other people to take charge of their life. When no one does, they feel disappointed. They tend to spend time with people who feel just like them. The orphan often plays the victim. They pretend to be innocent. The orphan has a cynical negative side and can be manipulative.
3. The Hero
Also known as the warrior archetype, the Hero fiercely faces a battle against all odds. Destined to become the strongest, he/she courageously faces all challenges in life.
- Roles: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.
- Motto: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
- Core desire: To prove one’s worth through courageous acts.
- Goal: Expert mastery in order tot improve the world.
- Strategy: To be as strong and competent as possible.
- Positive traits: Competence and courage.
- Negative traits: Arrogance, always needing another battle to fight, overly ambitious and controlling.
- Greatest fear: Weakness, vulnerability, being a “chicken”.
The driving force behind a hero’s life is power. The hero has an uncommon vitality and resistance that they use to fight for power or honor. They’ll do anything to avoid losing. In fact, they don’t lose because they never give up.
4. The Caregiver
Like a neighbor in the story of the Good Samaritan, the caregiver is always ready to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
- Roles: The saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter.
- Motto: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
- Core desire: To protect and care for others.
- Goal: To help others.
- Strategy: Doing things for others.
- Positive traits: Compassion, generosity.
- Negative traits: Martyrdom and being exploited.
- Greatest fear: Selfishness and ingratitude.
The caregiver feels stronger than other people. Consequently, they offer maternal protection to those around them. They want to protect people from harm and try to prevent any danger or risk from threatening other people’s happiness.
5. The Explorer
With an insatiable curiosity about the world, the explorer aims to unravel nature’s mysteries through adventure.
- Roles: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.
- Motto: “Don’t fence me in.”
- Core desire: The freedom to find out who you are by exploring the world.
- Goal: To experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life.
- Strategy: Journey, travel, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom.
- Positive traits: Autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soul.
- Negative traits: Aimless wandering, becoming a misfit, dissatisfaction.
- Biggest fear: Feeling trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness.
The explorer is a bold traveler. They set out without a clear path and are always open to discovery and adventure. The explorer has a deep love of discovering new places and new things about themselves.
6. The Outlaw or Rebel
Determined to improve the status quo, the outlaw is able to see what others don't and is dedicated to changing the system for the better.
- Roles: The rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoclast.
- Motto: “Rules are made to be broken.”
- Core desire: Revenge or revolution.
- Goal: To overturn what isn’t working for them.
- Strategy: To disrupt, destroy, or shock.
- Positive traits: Outrageousness, radical freedom.
- Negative traits: Crossing over to the dark side, crime, fundamentilism.
- Greatest fear: Being powerless or ineffectual.
The rebel is a transgressor. They provoke people and don’t care at all about other people’s opinions. As a result, they like going against the grain and thinking for themselves. They don’t like to be pressured or influenced. The negative side to the rebel archetype is that they can become self-destructive.
7. The Lover
Valuing meaningful connections with others, the lover will pursue whatever it takes to achieve a love that lasts a lifetime.
- Roles: The partner, friend, intimate, enthusiast, sensualist, spouse, team-builder.
- Motto: “You’re the only one.”
- Core desire: Intimacy and experience.
- Goal: Being in relationships with others, work and surroundings they love.
- Strategy: To become increasingly attractive physically and emotionally.
- Positive traits: Passion, gratitude, appreciation, and commitment.
- Negative traits: Outwardly directed desire to please others at risk of losing own identity.
- Greatest fear: Being alone, a wallflower, unwanted, unloved.
The lover is all heart and sensitivity. They love love and love to lavish it on other people. Their greatest happiness is feeling loved. They enjoy everything that’s pleasing to the senses. They value beauty above all.
8. The Creator or Artist
With an endless desire to build and innovate, the creators make a mark in this world through their creations.
- Roles: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer.
- Motto: “If you can imagine it, it can be done.”
- Core desire: To create things of enduring value.
- Goal: To express and realize a vision.
- Strategy: Developing artistic control and skills.
- Task: Culture, creativity, expressing their own vision.
- Positive traits: Creativity and imagination.
- Negative traits: Perfectionism, bad solutions.
- Greatest fear: A mediocre vision or execution.
The creator has a profound desire for freedom because they love novelty. They love to transform things in order to make something completely new. The creator is clever, non-conformist, and self-sufficient. They’re imaginative and good-humored. However, they can also be inconsistent and spend more time thinking than actually doing.
9. The Jester
Known as entertainers of both peasants and nobles, the jester is able to perceive the paradoxes of life and spends most time making fun out of it.
- Roles: The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian.
- Motto: “You only live once.”
- Core desire: To live in the moment with full enjoyment.
- Goal: To have a great time and lighten up the world.
- Strategy: Play, making jokes, being funny and comical.
- Positive traits: Joyfulness.
- Negative traits: Frivolity, wasting time and laziness.
- Greatest fear: Being bored or boring others.
The jester likes to make fun, even of themselves. They don’t wear any masks and tend to break down other people’s walls. They never take themselves too seriously because their goal is to enjoy life.
10. The Sage
The sage will spend an entire lifetime dedicated to learning and expansion of knowledge.
- Roles: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philosopher, academic, researcher, thinker, planner, professional, mentor, teacher, contemplative.
- Motto: “The truth will set you free.”
- Core desire: To find the truth.
- Goal: Using intelligence and analysis to understand the world.
- Strategy: Seeking out information and knowledge; self-reflection and understanding thought processes.
- Positive traits: Wisdom, intelligence.
- Negative traits: Getting lost in the details and never acting.
- Greatest fear: Being duped, misled or ignorant.
The sage is a free thinker. Their intellect and knowledge is their driving force. They seek to understand the world and their being through their intelligence and analytical skills. They always have a ready fact, quote, or logical argument to give.
11. The Magician
Conjurer of the spiritual arts, the magician is able to turn water into wine. They are known for their transformative powers and can impact the lives of the many.
- Roles: The visionary, catalyst, inventor, charismatic leader, shaman, healer, medicine man.
- Motto: “I make things happen.”
- Core desire: Understanding the fundamental laws of the universe.
- Goal: To make dreams come true.
- Strategy: Developing a vision and living by it.
- Positive traits: Finding win-win solutions.
- Negative traits: Becoming manipulative.
- Greatest fear: Unintended negative consequences.
The magician can be a great revolutionary. They are able to regenerate and renew not only for themselves, but can impact others as well. They’re constantly growing and transforming.
12. The Ruler
Desiring power and control, the ruler seeks to realize his/her vision for himself and for others.
- Roles: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.
- Motto: “Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
- Core desire: Control.
- Goal: Creating a prosperous, successful family or community.
- Strategy: Exercising power.
- Positive traits: Responsibility, leadership.
- Negative traits: Being authoritarian, unable to delegate.
- Greatest fear: Chaos, being overthrown.
The ruler is a classic leader. They believe they should be the one to bring order to any situation. The ruler is stable, strives for excellence, and wants everyone to follow their lead. They tend to have plenty of reasons why everyone should listen to them. This is one of the 12 Jungian archetypes related to power. The negative ruler, in their desire to impose their will on others, can easily resort to tyranny.
The Jungian Archetype Quiz
Through this Jungian archetype quiz, you’ll be able to identify which of the 12 archetypes is influencing your subconscious choices and decisions in life.
Knowing your dominant archetype will give you a better sense of self by providing you with a blueprint that outlines your deepest desires, motivations, weaknesses, goals, fears, strengths, and shadows. You will be able to discover your true, inner self and form your own understanding of your unique identity.
As such, it will not only open the path to self-discovery but you will be able to widen it as well. By taking this Jungian archetype test, you'll jump start your way towards self-discovery, fulfillment and self-realization!