Think and Write : 12 Common Archetypes (Human Personalities)

The term “archetype” has its origins in ancient Greek. The root
words are archein, which means “original or old”; and typos, which
means “pattern, model or type”. The combined meaning is an
“original pattern” of which all other similar persons, objects, or
concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.
The psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, used the concept of archetype
in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal,
mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective
unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent
fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved;
consequentially, they evoke deep emotions.
Although there are many different archetypes, Jung defined twelve
primary types that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type
has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. Also, the
twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul
and Self. The types in each set share a common driving source, for
example types within the Ego set are driven to fulfill ego-defined

Most, if not all, people have several archetypes at play in their
personality construct; however, one archetype tends to dominate
the personality in general. It can be helpful to know which
archetypes are at play in oneself and others, especially loved ones,
friends and co-workers, in order to gain personal insight into
behaviors and motivations.

The Ego Types

1. The Innocent
Motto: Free to be you and me
Core desire: to get to paradise
Goal: to be happy
Greatest fear: to be punished for
doing something bad or wrong
Strategy: to do things right
Weakness: boring for all their naive
Talent: faith and optimism
The Innocent is also known as:
Utopian, traditionalist, naive,
mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer.

2. The Orphan/Regular Guy or Gal
Motto: All men and women are
created equal
Core Desire: connecting with others
Goal: to belong
Greatest fear: to be left out or to
stand out from the crowd
Strategy: develop ordinary solid
virtues, be down to earth, the
common touch
Weakness: losing one’s own self in
an effort to blend in or for the sake
of superficial relationships
Talent: realism, empathy, lack of
pretense. The Regular Person is also known
as: The good old boy, everyman, the
person next door, the realist, the
working stiff, the solid citizen, the
good neighbor, the silent majority.

3. The Hero
Motto: Where there’s a will, there’s
a way
Core desire: to prove one’s worth
through courageous acts
Goal: expert mastery in a way that
improves the world
Greatest fear: weakness,
vulnerability, being a “chicken”
Strategy: to be as strong and
competent as possible
Weakness: arrogance, always
needing another battle to fight
Talent: competence and courage
The Hero is also known as: The
warrior, crusader, rescuer,
superhero, the soldier, dragon
slayer, the winner and the team

4. The Caregiver
Motto: Love your neighbour as
Core desire: to protect and care for
Goal: to help others
Greatest fear: selfishness and
Strategy: doing things for others
Weakness: martyrdom and being
Talent: compassion, generosity
The Caregiver is also known as: The saint, altruist, parent, helper,

The Soul Types

5. The Explorer
Motto: Don’t fence me in
Core desire: the freedom to find out
who you are through exploring the
Goal: to experience a better, more
authentic, more fulfilling life
Biggest fear: getting trapped,
conformity, and inner emptiness
Strategy: journey, seeking out and
experiencing new things, escape
from boredom
Weakness: aimless wandering,
becoming a misfit
Talent: autonomy, ambition, being
true to one’s soul
The explorer is also known as: The
seeker, iconoclast, wanderer,
individualist, pilgrim.

6. The Rebel
Motto: Rules are made to be broken
Core desire: revenge or revolution
Goal: to overturn what isn’t
Greatest fear: to be powerless or
Strategy: disrupt, destroy, or shock
Weakness: crossing over to the dark
side, crime
Talent: outrageousness, radical
The Outlaw is also known as: The
rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the
misfit, or iconoclast.

7. The Lover
Motto: You’re the only one
Core desire: intimacy and
Goal: being in a relationship with
the people, work and surroundings
they love
Greatest fear: being alone, a
wallflower, unwanted, unloved
Strategy: to become more and more
physically and emotionally
Weakness: outward-directed desire
to please others at risk of losing own
Talent: passion, gratitude,
appreciation, and commitment
The Lover is also known as: The
partner, friend, intimate, enthusiast,
sensualist, spouse, team-builder.
8. The Creator
Motto: If you can imagine it, it can
be done
Core desire: to create things of
enduring value
Goal: to realize a vision
Greatest fear: mediocre vision or
Strategy: develop artistic control
and skill
Task: to create culture, express own
Weakness: perfectionism, bad
Talent: creativity and imagination
The Creator is also known as: The
artist, inventor, innovator, musician,writer or dreamer.

The Self Types

9. The Jester
Motto: You only live once
Core desire: to live in the moment
with full enjoyment
Goal: to have a great time and
lighten up the world
Greatest fear: being bored or boring
Strategy: play, make jokes, be funny
Weakness: frivolity, wasting time
Talent: joy
The Jester is also known as: The
fool, trickster, joker, practical joker
or comedian.

10. The Sage
Motto: The truth will set you free
Core desire: to find the truth.
Goal: to use intelligence and
analysis to understand the world.
Biggest fear: being duped, misled—
or ignorance.
Strategy: seeking out information
and knowledge; self-reflection and
understanding thought processes.
Weakness: can study details forever
and never act.
Talent: wisdom, intelligence.
The Sage is also known as: The
expert, scholar, detective, advisor,
thinker, philosopher, academic,
researcher, thinker, planner,
professional, mentor, teacher,

11.The Magician
Motto: I make things happen.
Core desire: understanding the
fundamental laws of the universe
Goal: to make dreams come true
Greatest fear: unintended negative
Strategy: develop a vision and live
by it
Weakness: becoming manipulative
Talent: finding win-win solutions
The Magician is also known as:The
visionary, catalyst, inventor,
charismatic leader, shaman, healer,
medicine man.

12. The Ruler
Motto: Power isn’t everything, it’s
the only thing.
Core desire: control
Goal: create a prosperous, successful
family or community
Strategy: exercise power
Greatest fear: chaos, being
Weakness: being authoritarian,
unable to delegate
Talent: responsibility, leadership
The Ruler is also known as: The
boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen,
politician, role model, manager or


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