Archetypes, popularized by Carl JungJung, C.G. (1964). Man and His Symbols, New York; Doubleday and Company, Inc. but widely recognized, are imagined models of an aspect of a person. Myths contain such models because a core purpose in their original setting was to socialize people. These models reveal a mix of attitudes, experiences and behaviours. Jung regarded archetypes as existing solely in the personal and collective unconscious, and impossible to comprehend or to perceive directly.
However, archetypes have effects and (it is claimed) they can be recognized and interpreted usefully via a person's emotions, fantasies and actions. Archetype-based interpretations may well have value. However, this type of model is a theory that is used to explain a person's experience. Many self-help books create a bunch of archetypes with names that resonate, and then invite you to understand whatever concerns you in those terms. The main benefit would seem to be helping you objectify your experience. By creating a distance between your new archetype-led awareness and your current experiences, you are helped to analyse and act constructively on your psychosocial reality.
The main archetypes identified by Jung are general: The Self, The Shadow, The Anima, The Animus, The Persona. Others are a little more specific e.g. The Maiden, The Sage, The Faithful Dog. The Tarot Major Arcana contains similar archetypes and others: The Magus, The Emperor, The Hermit, The Devil, The Sun, The High Priestess. Writers have invented many more.
I expect that these experiential phenomena will be examined further during the investigation of THEE. Insofar as they are categories of actual experience, they do not belong in the Root Hierarchy complex.. It is important to recognize that insofar as archetypes are theoretical, they are irrelevant to
archetypes, but rather the system that organizes your life activities. Your life does not require explanations via plausible theories. Cares and duties in making a living may interfere with pursuit. However, in later life, you may be able to devote yourself more to your chosen .are not
It is rather easy to trot out an archetype, but it may be difficult to discern your —except in retrospect, or through discussion and perhaps after many years of life-defining choices. You may not even wish to know. Social norms and the daily grind may have suppressed aspects of what is most important for you. You will surely benefit if these aspects of yourself are accepted and integrated.
|Existence||Actualized in a life.||Imagined in a theory.|
|Form||Category within THEE||Explanatory hypothesis|
|Number||Just 7||An indefinite number|
|Awareness||Direct awareness is possible (even if difficult sometimes).||Unconscious, so only deduced indirectly e.g. via dream images.|
|Access||Personal awareness, acknowledgement and acceptance.||Interpretation of your experiences by others who know the archetypes and relevant theory.|
||Pursued as part of a deep sense that it is what makes your life-as-a-whole happy and meaningful.||May provide a satisfying account of certain persistent or disturbing experiences; or be activated to develop certain attitudes or to enable a particular desired outcome.|
|Theoretical Value||Links to our personal endeavours and other frameworks relevant to managing your existence.||Links to universal symbols and commonalities found in the myths that sustain different cultures.|
Originally posted: 18-May-2012