Caroline Myss reintroduces the importance of Archetypes to the mainstream conversation about personal development. Archetypes are not set in stone. Yes, some have been with us as long as our collective narratives, but some are emerging or at least reshaping themselves, in light of social and technological changes. Archetypes aren’t just labels, even if we can use them as such to put a tag on other people. And when we do so, we always do it through the lenses of our own archetype. Archetypes come in families, sharing similarities but also differences.
Awareness about Archetypes starts from observing people around us. Why? Because it is easier to spot them when we do not feel our own “personality” is at stake. Identifying an Archetype is made easier by this book, which provides behavioral patterns and main characteristics for each of them. The book also looks into how our imprints attract opportunities, and how to tap into your strengths to fulfill your sacred contract. The book is focused on the female expressions of Archetypes, but it also mentions their male counterparts. It can be applied to men, too, with some work on the side of the reader. And it’s surely useful to male readers to better understand the female universe.
Caroline’s Archetypes and its companion website are a powerful tool, comparable – but with its own characteristics and merits – to the Enneagram and to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for career planning. Of course, it is important to remember that Archetypes represent the core of our personalities, strengths, lenses, etc. in conventional terms, but not our ultimate essence, which transcends them.
The best question presented in the book, at least for me, is: “Do we choose our archetypes? And can we change them?”. I am not going this away, so you have to read the book by yourself to see what Caroline says about this
Disclaimer: I received this book, before it was released to the general public, for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.