What are archetypes?
They represent how we show up in the world, whether as an individual or as a collective. Archetypes are universal stories and journeys we all share. They’re the lessons we learn and the decisions we make while in search of a fulfilling life.2
Archetypes are often linked to personality traits, but they’re more than that. Personality traits can become complex and require constant explanation. For example, what comes to mind or how do you feel when I say pure, virtuous, optimistic, wholesome, spontaneous, and honest?
What if I simply say innocent?
The power of archetypes is their ability to bring with them a lifetime of meaning and emotion in a way that everyone understands. They’re also inclusive. While they may have certain defining qualities, there’s no one story or one way to describe a hero. Everyone gets to add their meaning to the greater whole.