Archetypes according to Jung: better understand the unconscious mind

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Archetypes according to Jung: what are they?

Are there predetermined structures that guide our existence?

According to Carl Jung, a 20th century Swiss psychiatrist, these structures exist and influence the way we live our lives.

He called these structures « Archetypes, » natural inclinations that we are born with that make us think, feel and perceive the world in a special way.

Jung’s work on archetypes has influenced many fields of the humanities beyond psychology, notably in the field of literature and theater.

Archetypes are symbolic figures present in particular in mythology and which represent a set of qualities and patterns of thought and behavior.

In this article, you will see how the psyche works according to Jung and the 12 archetypes he identified.

You will also see how you can improve your life through knowing your main archetypes.

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The 3 dimensions of the psyche

In order to fully understand Jung’s concept of Archetypes, it is important to understand his conception of the psyche.

The psyche according to Jung is the whole personality of a human being, including his thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors.

According to him, a person’s psyche can be divided into 3 parts:


Consciousness is made up of the thoughts, sensations, emotions and actions of which we are aware.

The field of our consciousness is directed by a mechanism called the ego.

It is our ego that determines what we can identify with and how we maintain that identity of ourselves.

The ego sort of decides what we’re going to focus on and bring to our consciousness.

The personal unconscious

Our consciousness is not able to process all the information that is in our environment. This is why the ego must select this information before bringing it to consciousness.

But there is another part of our psyche which is able to perceive things and events which remain outside our field of consciousness.

All those perceptions that do not pass the ego filter remain in what Jung calls the personal unconscious.

This personal unconscious is therefore composed of the individual experience of each and therefore varies according to the individuals.

But there is a deeper and more universal part of the psyche which is common to all human beings.

The collective unconscious

In the collective unconscious are the psychic structures and tendencies which are by nature universal.

It is in the collective unconscious that we will therefore find the archetypes which are structures of the psyche that we find in all human beings.

While studying the dreams of his patients, Jung realized that there were recurring symbols shared by different patients. These symbols are also found in the founding stories of various religions and in mythology.

He thus determined that these symbols are found in every person because they are part of what he called the collective unconscious.

And these common structures of the psyche manifest in the form of Archetypes.

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The 12 Jungian Archetypes

Jung identified 12 main archetypes to understand the fundamental motivations of the human being.

Each archetype represents different characteristics, values, and goals that lead to a better understanding of human nature.

The wise man

The archetype of the sage is in search of wisdom and knowledge. Its purpose is to understand the nature of existence by finding meaning in every event in life and approaching life as a series of lessons.

The sage has values ​​such as truth, spirituality, and freedom.

He is also called the Philosopher, the Mentor, the Scholar, etc …

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The Innocent

Optimistic by nature, the archetype of the innocent is in search of happiness. His positive nature leads him to see what is good in everyone and everything.

For the Innocent, the world is a wonderful place where anything is possible.

The innocent is easy to impress and makes a special effort to please others.

It can be found under other names like: The Utopist, the Optimist or the Idealist

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The Explorer

The Explorer archetype enjoys discovering new places, new people and new experiences.

Freedom, novelty and personal space are of great importance to the Explorer.

Staying in one place for too long easily makes the Explorer anxious. On the contrary, the Explorer likes to travel and be in new places or circumstances.

We can also call him the Adventurer.

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The sovereign

The archetype of the Sovereign is the classical leader, happy to take responsibility for a group and to take center stage.

He is a natural leader who leads not out of a thirst to lead, but because he naturally has such qualities.

Stability and courage are qualities of this archetype who also have the ability to see things as a whole, with perspective.

He can sometimes be called the Boss or the Leader, and he can tend to dominate others.

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The creator

The Creator archetype particularly appreciates originality and will be proud to have done something new and different.

The Creator is blessed with an exceptional imagination and has the ability to transform things in a whole new way.

He can also be called the Artist or the Dreamer, and he sometimes gets so wrapped up in his imagination that doing things concretely becomes difficult.

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The Caregiver

The caregiver archetype is characterized by compassion, empathy and generosity.

The Caregiver particularly enjoys taking care of others at the risk of sometimes neglecting his needs.

The Caregiver wants to protect and nourish others. But he fears being exploited or taken for granted.

He is also known as the Altruist, or the Savior.

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The magician

The Magician archetype has a very close connection with the universe. The Magician seeks to understand, channel and use the forces of the universe.

The Magician seeks to transform and grow to face the new challenges of life.

The Magician archetype according to Jung is often mysterious and lonely, and can be difficult for others to understand.

The Hero or Superhero

The Hero archetype seeks admiration and recognition.

He shows qualities of courage and vitality, and enjoys fighting for honor and power.

The hero likes to be in the spotlight and engages in the defense of the weakest.

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The rebel

Free-spirited, the Rebel archetype doesn’t care what people think of him.

The Rebel does not support laws and authority. Rather, he trusts his personal feelings and likes to brave prohibitions that do not seem justified to him.

He has a tendency to be provocative and to reject the rules of social life.

He is also known as the Anarchist or the Outlaw.

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The lover

The archetype of the Lovers has to do with emotions, feelings and sensitivity.

The Lover is devoted and seeks to feel this love permanently. This archetype is drawn to beauty, romantic engagement, and connection to others.

He fears rejection and loneliness, and sometimes tries too hard to please others.

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The Jester or the Humorist

The Jester archetype never takes anything seriously. Its goal is to enjoy life and every moment.

He does not hide behind a mask and does not hesitate to reveal his shadow areas. Sometimes he also has the ability to pull others out of their shell by making them feel comfortable (sometimes to his advantage).

The Goblin loves to laugh and knows how to be happy whatever the situation.

Never taking anything seriously, he can be lazy at times and lack commitment.

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The Realist

The archetype of the Realist grows in what he sees. He appreciates equality and is particularly social.

The Realist can easily fit into a group and don’t like to be left out.

He is also called The good Guy.

What is the point of knowing the archetypes of Jung?

By reading the descriptions of the various archetypes above, you may have been able to identify with one or more of these archetypes.

In general, we consider that we have 3 main archetypes with which we will work most of the time.

When you become aware of your main archetypes, you will also be able to understand how they are manifested in your life.

And you will also see in which situations one or the other archetype is best suited.

If you have the archetype of the Sovereign in you, for example, it can be a good thing when you are in a position to make decisions and lead a group to work.

But in society, this archetype can easily become overwhelming while the Realist archetype will surely be more welcomed.

Then, knowing your jungian archetypes also allows you to distance yourself from yourself.

Instead of identifying with a particular Archetype, you step back realizing that these are structures present in the collective unconscious.

In conclusion

Jung identified 3 dimensions of the Psychea: consciousness, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious.

Archetypes are structures present in the collective unconscious and which are found across different civilizations in religions and mythology.

These 12 archetypes manifest in each to different degrees and at different times.

Becoming aware of your main archetypes allows you to distance yourself from yourself and gives you the choice to express a different archetype depending on the situation.

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How to become an actor of your life: 5 keys inspired by the profession of actor

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You can look at your life as a spectator and endure it, or approach it as an actor in your life and take it in hand.

Hypnosis and acting have some unexpected things in common. However, these two disciplines modify the state of consciousness and make it possible to overcome unconscious limits.

Who has never seen or heard of an actor or actress who transforms on stage. The shy person stays behind the scenes and is a charismatic person who takes you on a journey through the story of their character.

To become an actor in your life, you must master a few fundamental levers.

In this article, I am going to share with you 5 keys that are used by professional actors and which can serve you to be an actor in your life.

Control your emotions and your level of reactivity

Actors are often seen as impulsive people dominated by their emotions and their need for recognition. But this is to ignore the qualities that the great actors have developed in the course of their work.

To be an actor in your life, it is important to control your emotions.

This means that you have to be able to feel emotions strongly when you want to, but also to detach yourself from certain emotions when necessary.

Often, the way we experience emotions depends on our presence and our connection to others.

This is another thing that can be learned through acting: by being present to the situation and being strongly connected to your partner, emotions are much stronger.

There is a reason for this: we are what we call in hypnosis « associated ». That is to say that we live things without any hindsight while feeling everything 100%.

On the contrary, to lower a negative emotion, you have to know how to dissociate yourself and take a step back.

Here is a simple exercise that will help you become aware of this mechanism:

Make yourself comfortable with your eyes closed.

And start by feeling all the sensations of the body: breathing, clothes on the skin, the temperature of the room, etc …

Then, keeping your eyes closed, recap the objects around you. What is in front of you, but also on the sides and behind you. As if you can see all around you 360 °.

And finally, listen to the sounds around you, determining their direction of origin.

By doing this, you are amplifying your ability to associate.

Now imagine that you are looking at your body from behind, or from one side. You see this body a few feet away from you.

And you may even start to imagine that you are moving further away, as if you are looking at your body and the room from a security camera or satellite.

By doing this, you are working on your ability to dissociate yourself.

You can do the same process, starting with a memory, for example, to see how you can deal with your emotions.

Become an actor in your life by mastering your physiology and body language

When an actor has to start a strong scene, he must start the scene already being in a very strong emotional state. And for that, he needs what is called emotional preparation.

One of the keys to this emotional preparation will be to act on your physiology.

It is one of the simplest and most effective things. Because acting on his physiology only takes a few seconds.

If you punch the air and invest your whole body in it, you will quickly feel that you are entering a state of combativeness.

If you settle down in a comfortable chair, with your hands crossed behind your head, your feet resting on a stool, and adopting calm and regular breathing, you will quickly notice that a state of relaxation begins to set in.

Certain postures called power postures are known to generate a state of power, and this is scientifically proven by analyzing the hormones circulating in the body.

You can use cardiac coherence breathing, for example, to generate a state of calm and focus.

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Master your inner monologue to become an actor in your life

Another thing actors do to recreate life in a movie scene or a play is to work on their inner monologue.

In a movie, there is what the character says, and what the character thinks.

And the actor can’t just say the character’s words, he has to think what the character thinks too.

To be an actor in your life, you too can master your inner monologue and change the way you think.

Certain words in particular have powerful effects on your life experience. Words like « Never » or « Always », « Everyone » or « Nobody », or certain expressions like « I’m fed up » …

It suffices to repeat a phrase like « I’m fed up, it’s always the same » in a frustrated tone of voice to yourself to generate frustration.

What are the words or expressions you use most often? And what emotions do they generate?

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Have a clear goal to be an actor in your life

Another element that is essential for actors to interpret a scene is the objective.

Having a clear, well-defined goal allows you to have something to focus on.

It directs concentration towards what you want to get out of a situation.

For actors, there are generally 2 kinds of lenses: the super-lens and the stage lens.

The super goal is what the character wants throughout the play.

The scene lens is exactly what it seeks to achieve in a particular scene.

For an actor in his life, that could correspond to a long-term goal and a short-term goal.

If my goal is to create a blog that attracts over 50,000 readers per month (long term goal), my short term goal is to write an article that brings you maximum value.

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Being an actor in your life is above all acting!

The mistake of most beginning actors is to focus on emotions rather than actions.

Of course, controlling your emotions is important, but what makes a scene interesting are the actions of the character.

« Complaining » is an action.

« Blaming » or « Blaming » is an action.

« To complain » is an action, etc …

An actor can use these actions to portray an unfriendly and depressed character.

But an actor in his life will choose more inspiring actions.

You can use any of the like « Convince », « Inspire », « Encourage », « Make Dream » to achieve your goal.

What actions do you use most often? And what more effective actions could you develop?

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In conclusion

The profession of an actor consists in recreating the life of a character with all its psychological complexity during a given moment.

To do this, the actors have developed many tools that can be used by everyone to be an actor in their life.

Some allow you to act on emotions, others on actions.

All these tools finally make it possible to no longer endure life as a spectator, but to direct it as an actor in one’s life.

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