The Four Archetypes
What's an archetype? An archetype is an image that we all have in our heads: a figure or character or role that has existed in our society since old times, albeit in different forms. A common belief is that we all share some universal archetypes, figures that exist in all cultures, and are important to people all over the world. These figures are common in almost all stories and we often have versions of these figures in our own lives, too.
|The Hero:||This is you, the subject, the ego, the one that sets out on the journey, the one in the center of everything happening in your life or your story.|
|The Child, The Id:||
This is often your friend or sidekick, the people that follow you along through parts of your journey. They represent people who share your goals or dreams.
|The Mentor, the Superego:||This is often your parent, teacher, or guide. Someone wise and experienced who has been on your path before and who teaches you how to get through it.|
|The Villain, The Anima:||This is often an enemy or competitor, someone that stands in the way of your journey or goal or who wants to keep you from success.|
What is the role of an archetype?
- To represent values or goals that are of importance to us.
- To arch over all types?
What is the best description of the Hero?
- Someone who is trying to oppose or stop you from your goals.
- A knight with a sword
- Your subjective self, the center figure of the story.
The mentor serves the role of your guide or your teacher. But the thing about the mentor is that it is an inner projection, a role that you can project one people close to you. The mentor becomes a voice inside your own head, even when you are apart from the person, and their words and their wisdom, as what you think they would say, becomes a big important guide for your decisions and how you choose to live your life. The mentor tends to be in conflict with your child archetype, and your need for self-expression, fun, and recreation. The mentors role is unusually strong when you are experiencing stress.
|Personality Type||Mentor Role|
|INFJ||Extroverted Feeling: Places everyone under strict social and moral rules, wants everyone to act according to set ideals.|
|INTP||Extroverted Intuition: Has to give strict commentaries on everything happening around them, and what should and should not happen.|
|ESFJ||Introverted Sensing: Has to enforce social rules, traditions and norms on themselves and the group.|
|ENTP||Introverted Thinking: Has to analyze and question everyone and everything.|
The child represents where you go to find relief, relaxation, and to recharge. The child also encourages you to let yourself go, to do what you feel urged to, to not be too strict with yourself. The child represents your more carefree side, but this side can also act up when stressed or neglected, making you feel restless and out of control.
Sometimes your inner child is the reason you act up or say things you regret, but the child is important when you need to balance your own needs with others needs. The child is at times in conflict with the mentor. The child is unusually strong when you are hyperactive or unusually motivated. Freud called the child the Id.
Wants people to reward and please them for positive behavior, pursues nearby sensory pleasure.
Wants to have the groups love and admiration, seeks to impress and astonish.
Seeks to be rewarded for living up to norms and social expectations.
Wants everyone to give them what they desire and to live up to their expectations.
Match the statements!
The child is in opposition to...The Mentor.
Introverted Sensing in an INFP takes the role of...The Child.
Freud had a similar version of the mentor, which he called...The Id.
Every story has a villain. But in modern society, the villain is beaten not through violence but often through a number of peaceful ways, for example: 1) Convincing them to join your side. 2) Outcompeting or beating them in a contest. 3) Completing your goal and getting past them. But throughout your journey, the villain is frequently in opposition to you. They want different things. They question your decisions. They represent your doubts and insecurities. The only reason they are so successful, is because they are representing sides in you that you have come to neglect.
|Personality Type||The Shadow|
Repressed urges to fit in, doubt that you will be accepted, questions of what your role to society is, if you will ever contribute to it in any meaningful way.
A feeling that you lack good karma, that you aren't good enough, that you don't deserve the position you are in.
An urge that you need to run, that you are going to get screwed over, that things aren't going to work out, that you are in danger.
An urge or instinct you can't explain, a dream that you feel you have forgotten about, expectations you don't want to acknowledge that you have.
Having an Extroverted Sensing shadow represents...
- Repressed urges to fit in, to be a part of society, to contribute to your community.
- A feeling that you are a bad person or that you haven't been good and that you don't deserve to be loved.
The Shadow can only be a possible influence if you:
- Push it as far away as possible and pretending it's not there.
- Finding a way to coexist with your shadow while pursuing your most important values and needs.