Which Arcatype are you?
So, now I hope you see the crucial importance of knowing your Arcatype, I’m sure you’d to get started on finding it.
But there’s a catch…
The reason why some people find it so challenging to attain self-awareness may also present a challenge to you correctly finding your own Arcatype; that reason is ego.
Let me explain…
In psychology, “ego” doesn’t necessarily carry the same negative connotation as in regular conversation.
As we’ve discussed, your personality is comprised of (prenatal, biological) subconscious, and (postnatal, biographical) conscious, also referred to as “ego consciousness.”
And your ego consciousness has a tendency to resist anything to do with your subconscious.
As Jung stated, “Consciousness naturally resists anything unconscious.”
Just as an adolescent fights for her independence, so too does your ego consciousness fight for its independence from the subconscious soil it grew from. It worked hard to get it, and this was entirely necessary for you to function, but a side-effect of this process is that it does obviously create a kind of inner duality.
This is the cause of the inner conflict in humans, the reason why people hear dueling “voices” within; a phenomenon that has inspired stories from Jekyll and Hyde to The Incredible Hulk.
Anyway, this means that when you are presented with the Arcatype templates- a powerful and clear image of your subconscious mind- your ego may dismiss the idea, it may even experience shock. Or, to use a Greek mythology metaphor, staring directly at Medusa (a monster of the “underworld,” aka subconscious) will turn you to stone, so you must instead use a mirror.
I’ve personally witnessed this happen on the faces of countless people, some of them even became visibly angry with me!
But this is ego in action, because it believes itself to be the one and only inventor of itself, that nothing else can challenge its authority.
As Jung said: “We should laugh at the idea of a plant or an animal inventing itself, yet there are many people who believe that the psyche or mind invented itself and thus was the creator of its own existence.”
Referring to the subconscious as “Self” and “You,” Nietzsche said: “Your Self laughs at your ego and its proud leapings.” And “The ‘You’ is older than the ‘I’; the ‘You’ has been consecrated, but not yet the ‘I’”
So, successfully finding your Arcatype often depends on your emotional maturity and/or how much of a grip your ego has on you.
Your ego may naturally resist the process and try to sabotage it. It commonly does this by choosing the wrong Arcatype, or two Arcatypes, or all of them, or none of them.
I’ve witnessed this many times, and it never ceases to fascinate!
Your ego does not want you to find your Arcatype.
As Nietzsche said: “The Self says to the Ego: feel pain!’ Thereupon it suffers and gives thought how to end its suffering- and it is meant to think for just that purpose.”
So, it is best done by a simple but carefully constructed process that I’ve perfected over the last ten years in my one-on-one work with people and a lot of trial and error.
The correct four-step process to evade the ego and successfully find your Arcatype is shown in the title ARCAtype, A.R.C.A. standing for:
There are three ways to go through the correct ARCAtype™ process, catering to different learning styles and different budgets:
1. Take the ARCAtype™ test in the book available on Amazon here
2. Take ARCAtype™ online video course on Udemy® the world’s largest and most trusted online course provider (the videos on this page were a preview of this course)- click here
3. One-on-one coaching with me – no positions currently available.
Final words to the founder of archetypes, and the giant I stand on the shoulders of with my more evolved version of ARCAtypes, Dr. Carl Jung:
“The only adventure that is still worthwhile for modern man lies in the inner realm of the unconscious psyche.”