Let’s pick back up where we left off! We were last talking about Carl Jung and his archetypes.
The theory is that if we combine a variety of traits together, each person’s personalities are represented by one of a few different archetypes. There’s been a twist on Jung’s studies which resulted in the Myers-Briggs Test, which results in 16 different archetypes, but Jung didn’t care to have that many.
You can see in this wheel that each person has a core motivator, which leads to a personality “front” (what the world sees) and the archetype that the person fulfills through this.
For example, a person who deeply wants to connect with others, might put on the cloak of enjoying life (to the detriment of ignoring the hard stuff) and he/she becomes the archetype of the Jester–the joker.
Or, someone who really has a high need for structure, they might achieve this need for structure by exerting control over everything–themselves and others–and they fulfill the role of the Ruler in their lives.
Remember: Jung’s theory was that these archetypes are covering up the true depths of being a human. We are not archetypes–we USE archetypes to tell a story about ourselves to avoid hurt, exert control, find love, etc.
The Hero’s Journey: Remember in that first video we watched, we learned that Star Wars was influenced by Joseph Campbell who was influenced by Jung who was influenced by Freud?
Here’s the video just in case you forgot:
Okay, so, Joseph Campbell was this guy who really believed in some of Jung’s theories. Let’s watch a video about him, too:
Questions about video:
- What are the two worlds of the hero’s journey?
- Think of your favorite book or movie–does it follow the path of the hero’s journey (at least in part)?
- When does the hero realize that he or she has changed and outgrown their old life?
- When have you experienced this journey in your own life?
Ok, so…back to Jung…he didn’t want people to land on “just” being the Hero or “just” being the Jokester. Jung’s goal was that his theories would lead people towards being “integrated selves.” This is very similar to Maslow’s concepts that we studied a few weeks ago.
An integrated self is self-actualized:
The biggest lesson we can learn from Jung is the idea that we aren’t stuck in the role that we play. We aren’t stuck in our archetype, or stuck hiding our real self in the shadows, or stuck being the role our families expect us to play (a function that is usually not even seen or in the conscious of the family–so that statement isn’t said to blame our families!).
Personal reflection: What role or archetype do you often find yourself playing? Does this feel real and authentic to you or does it feel like you’re doing what you’re “supposed to do” but you’re not the “real you”?
Who did God design you to be? Remember, you’re not a collection of traits that equal an archetype–even Jung believed you are more than that! How do all the personality traits that God did give you combine together to allow you to be who He made you to be? What traits have you adopted to avoid dealing with your shadow self?
Sit with the reflection for this week! If you guys have insights you’d like to share or questions, email me! If they’re questions that can be answered in a group, I will create our next lesson to get those questions answered as a class. If you have private questions, you can also just note that you don’t want the question or answer shared with the group.
Christa25@gmail.com is my email.
Depending on your questions, we will either have one more lesson on Jung’s archetypes or we will move on.
Next topic: We will start studying Alfred Adler–he had a fun concept called Family Constellations that I like to utilize!
Have a wonderful and healthy week!
Miss you guys!