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Archetypology

Archetype – universal psychological & cosmic models for patterns of behaviour that affect the collective

 

The pattern one sees is clear when comparing the archetypal models of Astrology Planets & Constellations, Diety Idols, Religious Avatars and Carl Jung’s modern archetypal model, From the days of Plato and Aristotle, they represent human character traits that over the millenniums have been given labels of one form or another and filtered through great minds, as well as superstitions within the various cultures. Many of these models remain popular and have evolved while being adapted to other cultures because of people’s need to understand themselves and their world in the most simplistic way possible.

The problem remains that most will look outside themselves for answers, rather than connect to the divine nature that abides inherent within their own self and develop these archetypes as universal principles that affect the human psyche and human behavior on many levels. On the path of individuation one attempts to find find balance in these aspects of self and throughout childhood conditioning certain ones will develop more than another.

  • Even those of siblings who are brought up and treated the same by an angry parent will act and react differently, because deep down we are still a unique soul. Where one might choose to soothe the suffering by hiding candies under their pillow, the other will become sensitive to the energies around them and try to avoid angering a parent by maintaining physical distance or hiding themselves in a book.
  • At the same time, those who are treated different or special within the same household will still carry the DNA of the parents that also becomes part of ones unseen makeup, and often needs to be cleared somewhere along the individuation journey. For example, where two children born several years apart from the same mother, but different fathers, the mother might favour the youngest and choose to raise her differently by not spanking her ever, but that does not prevent the youngest from inheriting the same low self-esteem issues that the parent has never dealt with.

Jung’s Archteypes

  1. Caregiver – help others in the spirit of compassion & generosity
  2. Creator – create things of value from creative expression & imagination
  3. Explorer – experience life fully from a state of wonder & true desire
  4. Hero – protect the weak from a position of able confidence & courage
  5. Innocent – live happily in faith & open-mindedness
  6. Jester – use humour to generate positive change in people & the world
  7. Lover – nurture personal, business & humanitarian relationships with passion & diplomacy
  8. Orphan – belong in the world with like minds & kindred spirits
  9. Rebel – fix what isn’t working through innovative thinking & inspire others to follow suit
  10. Ruler – create prosperity & success for self & lead others on how to do the same
  11. Sage – share wisdom with the world & teach others in intelligent thinking
  12. Magician – understand the universal laws & help others transform from a broader perspective

 

Introduction to Type (Myers-Briggs)

 

There are several free personality tests online that can be used to great advantage for knowing yourself better,

as well as helping in job search and career/relationship choices.

Psychological Type was developed by Carl Jung to explain some of the apparently random differences in people’s behaviour because of the different ways that people use their minds. A couple of notes about the test:

  1. Every person is too complicated to be explained by a few questions and if your report doesn’t fit you can consider your frame of mind when you answered the questions, as they need to be answered naturally rather than how you think you should answer.
  2. This test is a fantastic tool when it comes to dating, as well as other relationship; the rule of thumb here is that if two or more types are identical, you have a good chance for a good relationship.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© (MBTI) helps explain why different kinds of people:

  • are interested in different things
  • are good at different things
  • are good at different kinds of work
  • often find it hard to understand each other

This system has been used for more than thirty years for:

  • families to better understand each other
  • teachers and students to make learning more interesting and efficient
  • young people and adults to choose careers best suited to hold their interest and use their talents
  • organizations to improve communication, teamwork and leadership

    Myers Briggs Introduction to Type - Fifth Edition 1993
    Myers Briggs Introduction to Type – Fifth Edition 1993

The MBTI explains how your preferred mental processes work together as well as with others and is a great tool for enlightenment into a person’s nature. Your own personal report is a result of answers that are collected from a questionnaire that you fill out, whereas the information available is valuable insight into the mindset of those around you.It is a workable guideline for communicating as you find yourself in different areas of type to varying degrees all throughout your life.

You will be stronger on one side of the scale at a certain point and may grow to be stronger on the other side if you so choose to expand on your capabilities. It is a great tool for getting to know ourselves better as well as others.

A little more on type:

1. Where do you prefer to focus your attention? E or I

  • Extroversion (E)
    • You tend to focus on the outer world of people and external events You direct your energy and attention outward and receive energy from external events, experiences, and interactions.
  • Introversion (I)
    • You tend to focus on your own inner world of ideas and experiences. You direct your energy and attention inward and receive energy from your internal thoughts, feelings, and reflections.

2. How do you take in information or find out about things? S or N

  • Sensing (S)
    • You take in information through your eyes, ears, and other senses to find out what is actually happening. You are observant of what is going on around you and are especially good at recognizing the practical realities of a situation.
  • Intuition (N)
    • You take in information by seeing the big picture, focusing on the relationship and connections between the facts. You want to grasp patterns and are especially good at seeing new possibilities and different ways of doing things.

3. How do you make decisions? T or F

  • Thinking (T)
    • You tend to look at the logical consequences of a choice or action. You try to mentally remove yourself from a situation to examine it objectively and analyze cause and effect. Your goal is an objective standard of truth and the application of principles. Your strengths include figuring out what is wrong with something so you can apply your problem-solving abilities.
  • Feeling (F)
    • You tend to consider what is important to you and to other people. You mentally place yourself in a situation and identify with the people involved so that you can make decisions based on person-centered values. Your goal is harmony and recognition of individuals, and your strengths include understanding, appreciating, and supporting others.

4. How do you orient toward the outer world? J or P

  • Judging (J)
    • You tend to live in a planned, orderly way, wanting to regulate and control life. You make decisions, come to closure, and move on. Your lifestyle is structured and organized, and you like to have things settled. Sticking to a plan and schedule is very important to you, and you enjoy your ability to get things done.
  • Perceiving (P)
    • You tend to live in a flexible, spontaneous way, seeking to experience and understand life, rather than control it. Plans and decisions feel confining to you as you prefer to stay open to experience and last-minute options. You enjoy and trust your resourcefulness and ability to adapt to the demands of a situation.

For example, the characteristics frequently associated with the INTJ:

  • have original minds and great drive for their own ideas and purposes
  • have long-range vision and quickly find meaningful patterns in external events
  • in fields that appeal to them, they have a fine power to organize a job and carry it though
  • skeptical, critical, independent, determined
  • have high standards of competence and performance

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