Eight Core Power Archetypes Correspond with the Psychological Types
The previous post presented the basic diagram for the Unveiling archetypes. Here it is again, for easy reference.
There are three “dimensions” in this figure, and each corresponds to a specific aspect of our personalities.
The first “dimension” is the Thinking/Feeling distinction, shown as the top/bottom of this figure. The four octants (the “orange slices”) here that are in the top half are all those where the person is dominantly in a Thinking mode, and the bottom four are all “Feeling.”
One distinction that I’m particularly making here – somewhat unique to this approach – is that the “Feeling” corresponds to oxytocin-related states. That is, the “Feeling” is connected to how we feel good by connecting with others. The “others” can be children (particularly our own, especially if they’re young), our husbands or lovers, our girlfriends, or even our pet animals.
The “Thinking” is of course our logical, rational aspect.
The second main distinction is Judging/Perceiving, shown on the left/right sides of the diagram. The “Judging” is not about “judging” someone, as in saying to ourselves, “Oh, I don’t like her hair.” Rather, it is a desire to come to closure or completion on tasks. It is a “get-things-done” and “get the problem solved” mindset.
The “Perceiving” mode is a contrast to “Judging” in that it is open-ended. It is willing to tolerate ambiguity. It is willing to just be with something without having a firm, clear resolution.
Just for fun, I’ve put “Judging” on the left, and “Perceiving” on the right – not really trying to say “left” and “right” sides of the brain – but it’s a useful mnemonic!
Finally, within each of the four Judging/Perceiving and Thinking/Feeling quadrants, I’ve subdivided further into two more dimensions: Sensing/Intuition.
When we are in a “Sensing” mode, we are concerned with real, tangible things – things we can pick up, taste, feel. We can measure and analyze. Even abstract things – such as numbers on a spreadsheet – appeal to us when we are in “Sensing” mode, because we can be analytic about them.
In contrast, when we use “Intuition,” we make leaps of logic, connect beyond the obvious, and follow our gut. We interpret patterns, often very subliminally. While we may not be able to “analyze” our understanding – in terms of putting it under a microscope or counting up numbers of things – we trust this aspect, becuase we’ve learned that it serves us well.
Three dimensions, and a total of eight different combinations. (Thats 2x2x2=8.) That gives us the different Personality Types often used as a simpler form of the Jungian Psychological Types. It also gives us a handle for correlating the Unveiling archetypes with the Jungian system.
The basic organization of the archetype-to-Psychological-Type matching starts when we make a very simple distinction. We’re going to assign the entire “Judging” dimension to the masculine archetypes, and the “Perceiving” dimension to the feminine ones. Simplistic, yes. But we’re talking about archetypes here – knowing that each person combines multiple archetypes within their own being.
Second, we note that any feeling-oriented state is going to connect with a dominantly feeling-oriented archetype, and vice versa. This makes some of the matches very easy!
Thet next posting will walk through the assignments.
Very best wishes as discover and empower each of your core archetypes during your own inner journey!
(Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)
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Blog originally posted December 28, 2011. Revised and updated, October 22, 2013.
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