What is an Archetype? Examples and more from Wild Gratitude

What is an Archetype?

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When you look at her what archetypes do you think of?
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What is an Archetype?

The easiest way to answer the question is to give you examples: Mother, Father, Child, Fool, Queen, King, Prince, Warrior, Angel, Bully, Victim, Gambler, Rescuer, Thief, Goddess, Monk, Hermit, and so on...

Archetypes are names for a certain types of people. These names are easily recognizable by anyone anywhere around the world.

You know you are referring to an archetype when all you have to do is say the name of the archetype and nothing else. Instantly, anyone you're talking to not only has an image of the type of person you're referring to, but they often develop an entire story around that character without more than the one name. This is indicative of the amount of power that each archetype contains. Archetypes are "universal patterns of power" that coordinate how you think and feel. We all have certain archetypes that are ours to express, but it is easiest to start with looking at the archetypes other people have.

You might meet someone for the first time and say, "She's such an angel" or when a friend gets pushy with you, you might exclaim, "Stop being such a bully!"

What is an archetype and where does it come from? The Greek origin of the word "archetype" comes from the roots archē meaning "beginning or original" and typos meaning "pattern, model or type". Thus an archetype is the original or first pattern from which all others are made of.

For full length articles about specific archetypes and to see more archetype examples go to the Archetype Library.

Knowing Your Archetypes Helps ...Immensely

We all come into this life with a set of specific archetypes. These archetypes become life patterns that we express over and over again. Until we ask ourselves, "What are archetypes?" these patterns operate unconsciously. The Rescuer won't be able to help continually pulling those in need out of trouble, possibly at her own expense. The Hermit just likes to stay home all the time, and she is rejuvenated in solitude. The Artist is able to move others through creative expression, but she could never explain where this gift comes from.

Not knowing your archetypes allows these patterns to run your life without your direction.

Knowing which archetypes are yours tells why you are who you are and why you make the choices you do. With this awareness you have the opportunity to view your life objectively. Each archetype has a shadow and a light expression. When you recognize the shadow side of an archetype in yourself, you can consciously break the pattern of unhealthy behavior or choices. On the other hand, understanding the light expression of an archetype brings you incredible fortune and life experience and allows you to wield this archetype's power more fluently.

  • Knowing your archetypes helps you appreciate the source and nature of your feelings and passions.
  • Once you understand this, you have the chance to shift the patterns that run your life (fate) to those that unleash your potential (destiny).
  • Your life choices change for the better in the light of understanding what your archetypes are likely to think and express.
  • Identifying the light and shadow expressions of each archetype offers awesome insight into your life circumstances, personal relationships and professional connections.
  • You come to know yourself in a new way. No longer will you wonder, “why did I just do that?”
  • Developing your authentic self by cultivating self-esteem is the greatest power you can strive for. Having a sense of who you are and honing that allows you to love others more fully and help change the world.

Learn Your Archetypes with Stacey Couch

Stacey Couch is available to help you discover your archetypes and change the way you live your life. She meets clients from all over the world for Archetypal Consulting long-distance via phone or Skype! You can learn more about what is included in an Archetypal Consulting session by clicking the link below.

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ANSWERS for what archetypes the woman in the photo could be: Angel, Mother, Lover, Goddess

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