I recently came across an intriguing idea that we all fall into a certain ‘archetype’ based on the blue print of our soul. Archetypes are specific patterns of behaviour that describes our soul. Our souls have made an agreement with the divine and accordingly we take birth with certain dominant characteristics and personality attributes. This blue print of the soul defines who we are. We are born with it. Our personality, interests, aspirations and our view of the world around us may change, but our ‘archetype’ or the dominant personality we are endowed with will always always be there.
This whole concept of ‘Archetypes’ and the idea of a ‘soul blue print’ is propounded by Caroline Myss, a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the field of archetypes. Out of curiosity I took the quiz to figure out which archetype I belong to which is available at her website www.architypeme.com. It’s a pretty easy quiz to take and can be finished in about 2 minutes. I was quite impressed with the results. My dominant archetype seems to be Intellectual (48%) and Creative (20%).
Is there a science behind it? Can the soul blue print be proved? I am not a scientific expert to pass judgment on this. Would other psychometric tests give similar insights? Possibly yes. But conceptually this whole idea of ‘archetypes’ governed by our soul’s blue print and the fact that we are born with it, has lot of implications.
In our childhood days we all aspire and dream to be someone based on popular thinking and influence of parents, teachers, friends and people around us. We rarely have insights into our archetypes. Thus someone who is born with a ‘Creative archetype’ could be aspiring to be an Athlete or some one with an ‘Spiritual’ archetype could be aspiring to be in business. Rarely do we get clarity of who we are in our childhood days and for many of us the clarity is still not there even in our adult years as we get caught up in the treadmill of our existence.
So knowing our archetype would be helpful early on, but amidst the noise of our existence we hardly invest time to identify this. Knowing who we are is not easy, but so critical for aligning our natural talents and interests to vocations that will be fulfilling and satisfying. One way to discover our ‘archetype’ is by observing those activities that we are naturally drawn towards, the actions we are able to do with ease, the god given talents that manifest effortlessly and the kind of activities that give us joy. If we can define our work around this, it would possibly be ‘soul satisfying’.
Leaving aside the skepticism around this whole idea, you may want to stop by at Archetypes website to take the quiz and discover your archetype. It was quite insightful, at least for me. Let me know how your results turned out to be or if you have other thoughts to share, please leave your comments below.