Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people, ideas or products and turned off by others? Are you constantly searching for something you can't put your finger on, or wondering whether you are living a life that truly fits?
In Archetypes, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Myss delves into the world of archetypes, which have been the subject of her work for more than 25 years. Archetypes are universal patterns of behavior that, once discovered, help you better understand yourself and your place in the world. In short, knowing your archetypes can transform your life.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, each of us identifies with certain universal myths and symbols, otherwise known as Archetypes. In this new work, Myss covers ten primary archetypes: Caregiver, Artist, Fashionista, Intellectual, Rebel, Queen/Executive, Advocate, Visionary, Athlete, and Spiritual Seeker. She helps us to determine which archetypes best define us as individuals, laying out each archetype’s unique path, hidden strengths, and potential weaknesses.
By identifying our personal archetypes, we can gain the knowledge necessary to consciously define and live an authentic life that reflects who we really are. Myss also includes suggestions for embracing one’s archetype to the fullest, providing tools for avoiding common pitfalls and daily practices for enhancing the positive qualities of each archetype. In addition to the ten archetypes above, there’s a glossary covering more than 20 sub-archetypes.
Much like highly popular books on the enneagram, Myers & Briggs, and astrology, which also allow people to type themselves, Archetypes is destined to become a classic.
Recognizing and understanding your personal archetypal patterns is one of the most fundamental tools of consciousness for navigating these times, says Myss (Sacred Contracts), a renowned teacher and author on energy medicine and human consciousness. Archetypes are collective unconscious patterns of influence that are entirely impersonal, and yet are equally the "foundation of our beliefs, drives, motivations, and actions, organizing and energizing all our relationships in life." Think of your childhood power images and you begin to recognize your personal archetypes. Myss has identified ten emerging archetypal patterns reflecting the collective mythic challenges of our times, and the corresponding personal and spiritual power issues defining women today: advocate, artist/creative, athlete, caregiver, fashionista, intellectual, queen/executive, rebel, spiritual seeker, and visionary. Each pattern has key influences on daily life; Myss examines each in depth, laying out a path of authentic self-discovery that empowers readers to utilize their strengths, better understand others, and make a positive difference in the world through more conscious decisions.