ArchetypeMe is a new website dedicated to curated self-expression and personal discovery, through the filter of archetypes.
According to Wikipedia, an archetype is: “An archetype (pron.: /ˈɑrkɪtaɪp/) is a universally understood symbol, term, statement, or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated.
Archetypes are often used in myths and storytelling across different cultures.
-In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior.
-In philosophy, archetypes have, since Plato, referred to as ideal forms of the perceived or sensible objects or types.
*In the analysis of personality, the term archetype is often broadly used to refer to: – A stereotype— a personality type observed multiple times, especially an oversimplification of such a – An epitome— a personality type exemplified, especially the “greatest” such example. – A literary term to express details.
Archetype refers to a generic version of a personality. In this sense, “mother figure” may be considered an archetype, and may be identified in various characters with otherwise distinct (non-generic) personalities.
Archetypes are likewise supposed to have been present in folklore and literature for thousands of years, including prehistoric artwork. The use of archetypes to illuminate personality and literature was advanced by Carl Jung early in the 20th century, who suggested the existence of universal contentless forms that channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes. Archetypes are cited as important to both ancient mythology and modern narratives.”
I know I had heard the word and a short definition of archetype before, but after reading a bit more about it, of course it has me questioning more. It has me questioning, who am I? I wonder why sometimes I think of myself as shy, but I never end up being? I wonder why I hate conflict and avoid it at all costs?
When I heard about the ArchetypeMe website, I wanted to know what it was all about. They describe an archetype as: “…a specific pattern of behavior that describes your soul. Your archetypes are the blueprints of the soul. You are born with them. They can change according to the time of day or time in your life. They live above all else, and that includes such elemental factors as age, race, religion, gender, education, profession, and socioeconomics. Archetypes are often grouped into archetypal families. These families include Caring, Creative, Thinking, Physical, Visionary, Royal, Spiritual, Fashion, Advocate, and Rebel. Within each family are multitudes of different expressions of the archetype. Archetypes originated with the great philosopher Plato and are at the core of the influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s analysis of human behavior. Archetypes are rooted in sound science as well as mysticism.”
What kind of person are you? Why do you do the things you do? Why do you like the things you like? Why are you always drawn towards the same ideas, themes and people?
The goal of the ArchetypeMe website is to really help you figure out and learn who you are so you can do the things you are destined to do and connect with those that may be similar to you.
Go check it out and take the quiz – www.ArchetypeMe.com. Everyone is interested in a little bit of personal discovery, right?
I can’t wait to see what it finds my archetype to be! I’ll share my findings in a couple of weeks.
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