I am an English major, so it probably goes without saying, but I LOVE archetypes. There’s something about universal symbolism that makes me feel all warm and jumpy inside. It’s like Christmas.
I read a new book today called Archetypes: Who Are You? by Caroline Myss. Basically, the book explains how all those archetypes you studied in English class apply to your real life (for some of us, English class is real life, but that’s another matter entirely). According to Archetypes, the patterns you experience in your life– whether it be the constant voice in your head that shoots down your ideas or how you light up when you get a good conversation going– all trace back to your character archetypes, or the defining characteristics that rule your personality.
I took the archetype quiz (you can take it here) and read in depth about my archetypes in the book. I ended up getting Creative, Caregiver, and Intellectual and learned a lot about myself as I cuddled in my pink blanket on a rainy Nashville day. As Myss says, the archetype descriptions “somehow know more about you than you know about yourself.” Oh, was that too true.
As an Artist…
- I prize creativity.
- I fear being ordinary or unacknowledged.
- I see beauty in everything, and if I can’t find it, I will make it myself.
- I am likely to falter when faced with fear or failure. The Starving Artist, the Artist Star, and the Drunken Artist archetypes keep me from pursuing my art as a career.
- I thrive in a positive environment because I have an optimistic approach to life.
- I am continually reinventing myself.
- I am always comparing my talents to yours, and it can sometimes be a big problem.
- I love Pinterest like a lifelong friend.
As a Caregiver…
- I prize compassion.
- I am likely to feel resentful or uncared for if people don’t take care of me the way I take care of them.
- I look for the good in everyone.
- If you need me, I will never let you down. Ever.
- I fear that no one can or will take care of me.
- I never ask for help.
- I care too much.
- I sense what you need before you say anything about it.
As an Intellectual…
- I prize wisdom. I learn from every experience I have.
- I consider all the options and consequences before I make a decision. This often means that it takes me a million and two years to make a decision.
- I thrive on good conversation.
- I try to connect all the dots and make sense of everything.
- I am a know-it-all, and it is rare that you will ever hear me say the words, “You were right, and I was wrong.”
- Logic, order, and control make me feel safe.
- I can be a good liar. (And a pretty one.)
- I overthink everything.
So there’s a pretty honest snapshot of me. Take the quiz, and let me know what you get! I’m already guessing about what some of you are. I know I’ve got some other Intellectuals and Creatives in my family, and many of my friends are Caregivers, too. Is anybody a Rebel? Or a Royal?
All my love (’cause I’m a Caregiver),