Archetypes: Unmasking Your True Self

Archetypes: Unmasking Your True Self

by Brian Dale


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~ unmasking your true self ~

Are you interested in self-discovery, empowerment or changing your circumstances?

Who are you?

Are you a King, a Queen, a Knight, a Rescuer, a Mother, a Servant, a Healer, a Priestess, a Goddess or a Hero?

These are archetypes.

Why do you think, speak and act the way you do?

The answer lies within your personal archetypes.

We all have archetypes. They are aspects of our personality.

Archetypes are an amazing tool for understanding, growth and self-development. All archetypes have negative and positive energies or personality traits.

They explain why we do the things we do and show us the road to empowerment and the pathway to change.

This unique reference book contains a description of 98 archetypes. It gives you a plan which assists you to identify your personal archetypes and the archetypes of the people that surround you. This book also shows you how to initiate change. It identifies the archetypal energy that is the key to empowerment and change.

Identifying our archetypes gives us knowledge, understanding, guidance, purpose and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504309882
Publisher: Balboa Press Australia
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Section 1?

What Are Archetypes?

Each and every one of us has a number of archetypes. Archetypes help us understand who we are, why we think the way we do and why we behave in certain ways. In other words, awareness and understanding of our own individual archetypes can answer the pivotal "who am I?" question.

When you identify your personal archetypes, you gain an understanding of your archetypal and personal energy. This energy determines how you and those around you think and behave. Energy is the combination of personal ingredients that allows us to be individual. Each of us has courage, strength, cowardice, humour, charm, deceit, knowledge, perspective and opinion. It is the combination of these ingredients that give you your individual personal energy. When your energy interacts with other energies, the strength and combination of those ingredients change.

As you recognize your personal archetypes you gain an understanding as to who you are and why you think and act the way you do. You will be able to identify why the people in your life think and act the way they do. You begin to understand which relationships are strong and positive and which relationships are harmful and negative. When you understand yourself and others, you are in a position to initiate change.

We begin with the basics.

Archetypes Defined

Archetypes are personifications of universal energy patterns.

Patterns do not change. Archetypal patterns display traits and behaviours that are consistent. They follow a consistent structure. We understand that consistency and know what comes next. Therefore, we have the ability to recognize patterns.

For example, when someone says to us "She is a good mother", we have immediate knowledge and understanding of the Good Mother archetypal pattern. We automatically process a picture of a generic mother and recognize an energy pattern that nurtures, cares, protects, teaches and models righteous behaviour for her charges. These personality traits are universal. They are found in all cultures and societies.

Understand that all archetypes have both positive and negative aspects.

The Mother archetype also has a negative energy pattern. This pattern displays as the Smother Mother or the neglectful and abusive mother. These are harmful manifestations of the negative side of the Mother archetypal energy.

While archetypal patterns are consistent in their nature, the energy associated with these patterns can and does change. Energy is rarely static. Traits and behaviours associated with the Good Mother - nurturing, caring, protective, and one who teaches and models positive behaviour - will always be present but may vary in intensity. It is the same with the Bad Mother. The smothering will always be there, for it is a behavioural pattern. However, the smothering will occur on different occasions and will vary in intensity. The neglect and abuse of the Bad Mother archetype will persist, but likewise, the frequency and intensity will change.

Energy changes! This means that archetypal energy will allow an individual to move from negative to positive and from positive to negative. This is good news. This means we have the ability to change ourselves and our lives. It allows us to move from the negative archetypal energy pattern to the positive archetypal energy pattern. It also partly explains why an individual can commit heinous deeds and still be a loving and generous partner or friend.

This does not mean change is easy. How many New Year's resolutions have been broken within a month? How many times have we determined to lose weight, to exercise, to eat healthy food, to give up an addiction, to be more generous with time and money, to be more tolerant with family, to be more caring towards friends and to be a more active member of society? Energy changes and it is easy to fall back into a familiar negative energy pattern. However, once we understand our archetypes and the archetypal energy patterns we are better equipped to see what we wish to change in our lives, to understand that change and to deal with the consequences, both positive and negative.

Major or dominant archetypes are easy to detect and observe in adults. We all know someone who consistently operates in the negative Victim archetype. This is the "poor me" syndrome. Nothing ever seems to go right and these people will often complain about their circumstances and how fortunate others are. These individuals always see life as a glass that is half empty or in some cases, totally empty. Their glass is never half full.

Which of our friends are Damsels? They are continually in and out of relationships and waiting to be rescued by their Knights in shining armour. Who in our life is the Bully, the Rescuer, the Servant or the Martyr? We recognize and understand these archetypes with their positive and negative energies all too clearly. Maybe, up until this point, you haven't been able to put a name to these energies but you certainly know them and react accordingly.

They are archetypes.

Personal Archetypes

There are many archetypes. On a personal level, each of us can claim a relationship with a number of archetypes. We constantly use the archetypal energies associated with those specific archetypes. Some people have a good understanding of who they are. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They are aware of their patterns of behaviour. Others have a much vaguer understanding of self. However, if we have the desire, we all recognize our major characteristics and patterns of behaviour. Within these patterns of behaviour lie our archetypes. Knowing and understanding our archetypes gives us greater insight into who we are and why we behave the way we do. With the help of this guide, you will recognize several of your personal archetypes.

What you do with this knowledge is up to you.

Remember, at any given time, there is both negative and positive energy associated with each archetype and we can operate on both sides of the pattern. There are occasions when one singular archetype will dominate your life. For example, the negative Addict archetype may be so overpowering, an individual will suppress all other aspects of life in order to feed the addiction. Damsels may become so involved with intimate relationships, that they neglect all other aspects of their lives. Individuals with the Artist archetype may be blocked and frustrated then feed on their own negative archetypal energies and fall deep into the mire of depression and degradation.

On the positive side, a talented and devoted Teacher will have the ability to inspire their students, impart knowledge and allow each student to express his or her own personality. We all recognize a trusty Servant of excellence, who will ensure the proceedings of an event flow with thoroughness, discretion and artistic flair. The positive archetypal energy of the Knight exudes courage, chivalry and determination, and the Knight will battle all obstacles to maintain the pursuit of justice and righteousness.

Interaction of Archetypal Energies

Adults and children, consistently use archetypes in the various aspects of their life. They interact together using their own archetypal energies. Hands up if you have the Princess archetype! How many fathers do you know who call their daughters 'princess'? They will undoubtedly have a King archetype, but most of these fathers will have absolutely no knowledge of archetypes and archetypal energy patterns. Conversely, how many daughters, from a very young age, respond to that energy without really understanding it? The archetypal bond between these fathers and daughters is forever filled with love and understanding. This is a typical representation of positive archetypal energies that interact perfectly to form lifelong relationships.

Of course, life is never perfect. Imperfection results when negative archetypal energy is expressed and used to manipulate, defend and succeed at another person's expense. Although this may be base interaction at an individual level, it may also be indicative of a negative archetypal interaction. For example, the negative Bully energy is imposing enough for most archetypal energies but imagine how threatening it is for the negative Martyr, Victim or Slave archetype. The balance is completely out of whack and only negative interaction can ensue. Similarly, the negative energy of the Vampire and the Rescuer will form a similar co-dependent archetypal relationship.

As you examine various archetypal energies you begin to understand how individual growth is enhanced by understanding the negative energetic patterns of an archetype and adjusting your behaviour to the positive energetic patterns of that archetype. You also understand relationships that flourish and stand the test of time are built upon the positive archetypal energy of two complementary archetypes. The King and the Princess is the most natural example. The King is drawn to the vulnerability, beauty and cleverness of the Princess. She is drawn to him for his protection, compliments and indulgence. The Warrior and the Adventurer also make an excellent combination. Their physical prowess and love of exploring, and of nature, make them ideal companions. While some archetypal combinations work well together, others fuel a personality clash.

The first step in utilizing your archetypal combinations for personal growth is awareness.

Be aware of how you interact with others, and how your positive and negative archetypes work with the people around you.


Those seeking awareness and personal growth are able to determine their archetypes quite easily. They can then make the voluntary move from any negative energy patterns to the positive energy patterns which reside in each personal archetype. As an example, let us use the Queen archetype and examine her positive energy pattern and personal traits. The Queen exudes excellence in leadership. She achieves this by using the positive energetic patterns of her archetype. She strives to achieve success for all individuals in her realm, not just the chosen few. She recognizes her territory and does not encroach upon that of another. When her responsibilities are many and varied, she learns to trust and delegate. She is aware of her finances and when the fun of a spending spree occurs, it is prudent and relevant. She rules with authority and compassion and with the greatest possible balance for the benefit of all her subjects. When the individual with the Queen archetype displays these characteristics and behaviours, she has engaged the positive archetypal energy. This creates balance in that person's life.

When you harness the positive energy of all your personal archetypes, you are on the road to perfect balance. To achieve that balance, you begin to identify which archetypes are dominant in certain areas of your life. For example, I have been a teacher all my working life. I have a strong Teacher archetype that goes into action at any opportunity, but I use my Father archetype in my teaching role. I understand I am not a typical teacher. I have always seen my students as an extended family, encouraging them to do their best, to be themselves, take responsibility for their own actions, and, when time inevitably dictates, allow them to make their own way in the world. By recognizing the fact I use my Father archetype in my teaching role, I am able to then focus on the positive energy and personal traits of the Father archetype. This gives me a greater energetic balance and understanding of my role and performance as a teacher.

Balance is achieved by awareness and use of all personal archetypes. We do not have one-dimensional personalities. If we led our lives using only a single archetypal energy, we would be one-dimensional, but we do not. We have a number of personal archetypes and, to achieve balance in our lives, it is important to use the energy of all of those archetypes. There are occasions when the energy from one or two archetypes dominates our experience. This is fine for a short period, especially in a time of crisis. However, to maintain balance, it is essential to use all of our archetypal energy.

A good example of imbalance is when an addiction dominates an individual. Nothing else is important; not family, friends, work, finances or home. The individual exists solely on the negative energy of the Addict. All other archetypal energy is obstructed by the quest to fulfil the addiction. By having an awareness of your personal archetypes, you are able to recognize situations when you are dominated by one archetypal force. Look at your other archetypes and muster the positive energy they offer. This brings balance back into your life.


Section 2?

Discovering Your Archetypes

This is all about you.

You are about to undertake a process of discovery. We all come from a different starting base. That is fine. What we are about to consider are our personal archetypes. You have used their pattern and energy all of your life, so consider your past:

* What were you like as a child?

* What sort of a teenager were you?

* What type of journey are you currently on as an adult?

* How important is home and family?

* What jobs have you had?

* What are your hobbies and interests?

* Where does your creativity lie?

* What questions fill your head?

* How do you relate to other people?

* Is technology important to you?

Sit down with a pen and paper and work your way through the questionnaire.

As you answer each question, consider all of your attitudes, your emotions and your life experiences. You have begun the process of discovering your archetypes and fully understanding who you are.

How many archetypes are you likely to discover?

You should be able to recognize between twelve and twenty personal archetypes.

Some archetypes will resonate powerfully with your energy, while others will emit a mild sensation of familiarity. Within each of these archetypes is a part of your psyche. Keep them all and read about each archetype. They are a part of who you are.

We are now ready to begin.

The following key questions will give you definitive insight into your individual archetypes.

Consider all the questions. The answer you are looking for is a clear and definite yes. If this is the case, you will have at least one or more of the archetypes listed after each question. Keep note of those archetypes, and when you are ready, flip to section 3 to understand how each archetype works for you.

If you answer no to any question, move on to the next question. Do not worry about the size of your list. The archetypes you write on your list are all you need for right now.

The "Let's Get Started" Guide to Discovering your Archetypes

1. Do you play sports or exercise regularly?

Are you into team sports or extreme adventures?

2. Are you creative?

3. Do you care for or look after people?

4. Is family really important to you?

5. Do you enjoy being in charge and taking responsibility?

6. Do you work in the service industry?

7. Are you into wine and fancy restaurants?

8. Are personal beauty, grooming and dress important to you?

9. Are you into computers and computer technology?

Computer Nerd
10. Is religion important to you?

11. Do you join groups on a regular basis?

12. Do you question authority and social structure?

13. Is your head full of questions? Do you constantly take notes?

14. Are you interested in how people think?

15. Are rules and justice important to you?


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Table of Contents

Introduction, 1,
How to Use This Book, 3,
Section 1 - What Are Archetypes?, 4,
Section 2 - Discovering Your Archetypes, 10,
Section 3 - Description of Archetypes, 18,
Section 4 - Taking Action, 337,
Conclusion, 344,
Index, 346,

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