Carl Jung’s Archetypes – Which one are you?
Psychologist Carl Jung discovered four distinct archetypes we experience as we process through our stages of life. The word Archetype comes from the root Greek words, archein, which means “original or old” and typos, which means, “pattern, model or type.” The combined meaning is an “original pattern” of which is copied, modeled, or emulated.
These archetypes reside within our subconscious. We often exhibit their behavior without conscious thought or awareness. Some of us get trapped in an archetype. Others move through them at a brisk pace, recognizing their heart and soul’s growth path to a higher good.
These archetypes flow through an individual’s identity that is first centered on ego then moves toward an enlightened view of our soul’s experience and its greater good. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we have evolved.
First is that of the ATHLETE. This is a time when one spends a lot of time and attention on their body – how it looks, how strong it is, how it appears to others, how pretty or handsome one appears. The athlete evaluates themselves on the basis of appearance. The athlete spends a lot of time “working it,” soon identifying with it as who they are. “Me” or “I” are used quite frequently in the athlete’s vocabulary. Many get wedged in this archetype and never move forward.
The second archetype is that of the WARRIOR. Warriors are competitive. They want to win. It’s all about victory. Whether it’s the purse they carry, the car they drive, their annual salary, or their position in the company, it’s all about being “ahead.” They want to win; to ‘beat’ their competition. They are always prepared for battle. Their measurement of success is centered on a competitive scale with others. Moving “to the next level” and defeating the competition becomes the warrior’s primary focus. The warrior’s mantra is “what’s in it for me?” Many people get trapped in this archetype and continue to stressfully experience it their entire lives.
Next is the STATESMAN (or STATESWOMAN). The Statesman isn’t caught up in themselves, but instead asks, “How may I assist?” or “How may I serve?” The desire to provide for others is more important than whatever the Statesmen can get for themselves. The statesman’s aspiration is to make a difference in others’ lives. The Statesman is generous and grounded, unlike the competitive nature of the Warrior. They desire to make the world a better place for others.
Finally, there is the SPIRIT archetype. The Spirit archetype recognizes they are a Spiritual Being, possessing an inner awareness; a “knowingness” of the fact they are part of the Creative Source of the Universe.
Being Spiritual doesn’t necessarily mean this archetype practices faith (or religion) in any traditional way, although many do. They are drawn to Spiritual Practices and concerned with discovering a deeper meaning to life; consciousness. Spiritual people seek to understand the kinds of things that many don’t see or care to see. The Spirit archetype enjoys being still, letting it “be,” knowing everything happens for a reason and that reason may not be in alignment with that of a human opinion.
Which archetype are you? Are you ready for the next level? Of course you are and I wish you the very best!