Updated: Feb 26
People talk about, or ask what is my Archetype, but do not always know what the Archetype meaning, or Archetype definition is.
The term “archetype” means original pattern in ancient Greek. Literature describe an archetype as a typical characteristic, that seems to represent universal patterns of human nature. It is said that these experiences exist in the subconscious of every individual, and that your Archetype Reading can reveal one's personality.
The psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung used this concept of archetypes in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that archetypes, reside within the unconscious of individuals and he identified 12 universal, mythic character archetypes that reside within our subconscious.
Jung understood archetypes as universal, archaic patterns and images that exist in the collective unconscious and is the psychic counterpart of instinct.
They are inherited potentials, often in hidden forms which only truly manifest once they enter the consciousness. In Jung's psychology, archetypes are highly developed elements of the human unconscious and human nature.
Each of us tends to have one dominant archetype that dominates our personality out of the twelve primary types that represent the range of basic human motivations that Jung defined. If you've ever felt uncertain about the things that you've done, or the path that you're on, or the thoughts that you have, then identifying your archetype, may provide direction.
Archetype Reading can reveal personality quirks, innate talents and hidden weaknesses.
The 12 Archetypes Jung defined are: