7 Inner Archetypes That Cripple Your Confidence and Self-Respect

Archetypes Cripple Confidence Self Respect

Inner archetypes that cripple your confidence….

The absence of self-love lies at the very core of every form of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and emptiness that we feel as a species.

Everyone in life at some point experiences issues with low self-esteem and poor self-confidence. In our world that teaches the preeminence of material wealth and accomplishment over soulful depth and wisdom, it’s no wonder that so many of us feel internally weak and fatally flawed.

If you feel as though you’re lacking self-confidence and respect, I can’t stress enough how important it is to become self-aware of the inner archetypes within you. And not only that: but to love and fully accept them as they are. This will allow their hold over you to cease.

What Are Archetypes?

Father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, once proposed that we all share a universal unconscious mind, called the “collective unconscious.” The collective unconscious is a layer within the mind that possesses all of the spiritual, symbolic, and mythological experiences and knowledge of existence. When we are born, we all inherit these ancient ancestral patterns. Archetypes then are essentially patterns that aid our physical, mental and emotional growth as humans.


7 Inner Archetypes Examples

Since Jung, many authors, psychologists, and thinkers have identified a large number of archetypes that exist within all of us to some degree. While many archetypes are positive or neutral (e.g. the visionary, the warrior, the engineer, the companion, the artist, etc.) some are destructive.

Related: The 12 Different Personality Archetypes

Every archetype we have within us has, at some point in our lives, served a purpose. Whether that is to gain attention or acceptance as children, or simply to make friends, every archetype has aided us in some way. However, as adults, many of us “grow out of” certain archetypes. Gradually, instead of benefiting us, these archetypes actually undermine and wound us.

Unfortunately, many of us drag around these old and irrelevant archetypes with us for our entire lives. Little do we know that these very archetypes are secretly depriving us of the faith, self-trust, and willpower we need to experience joy, creativity and peace.

The more self-aware you become of these archetypes, the better equipped you’ll be to release their hold on you.

So now the question is, which of the following archetype examples are you still holding on to?

1) The Addict

Other names: workaholic, consumer, gambler, glutton, hedonist

Addictions come in many forms. You can be addicted to physical things such as food, alcohol, tobacco, drug, money, and sex. You can be addicted to concepts such as fame, success, and beauty. And you can also be addicted to emotions such as the approval, love, and acceptance of others.

Addict archetypes are places within us that believe that people, emotions, situations, and objects outside of ourselves can make us happy. Unfortunately, this deprives us of our personal power and makes us enslaved to whatever we are pursuing.

Related: What Is Your Spiritual Archetype?

The lesson to be learned: Nothing outside of you can bring you love, happiness, approval, or acceptance — YOU must find these things inside for them to truly last or bring you peace.

2) The Beggar

Other names: outcast, vagrant

The Beggar archetype within us approaches life from a place of destitution, neediness, and impoverishment. When The Beggar is ruling your life, you will find yourself constantly dependent and reliant on others for your security, happiness, and well-being.

This inner archetype within us is ruled by the following mistaken core belief: “I don’t have anything of value. I need others to help and support me.” Thus, when we approach life from a place of inner poorness, we are constantly propelling ourselves towards situations that reinforce this feeling.

Related: Which Jung Archetype Best Describes You?

Lesson to be learned: Your thoughts influence your reality. If you believe you are poor and have nothing to offer, your existence will reflect that. On the other hand, if you believe you are already rich and have gifts to share with the world, your existence will also reflect that.

3) The Fanatic

Other names: perfectionist, worrier, control-freak, bigot

The Fanatic archetype is both passionate and driven, but also prone to stubbornness and neuroticism. If your inner Fanatic is imbalanced you might be an obsessive worrier, perfectionist, or “control-freak.”

The Fanatic’s main concern is control. This can create a lot of tension, health issues, and relationship problems.

Lesson to be learned: The only thing you can control in life is how YOU perceive and approach life. You cannot completely control external situations, and you can never fully control other people. Realize that life is more than safety, security and success. Learn to loosen up and introduce more spontaneity into your life.

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Aletheia Luna

Aletheia Luna is an influential spiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. After escaping the religious sect she was raised in, Luna experienced a profound existential crisis that led to her spiritual awakening. As a spiritual counselor and professional writer, Luna's mission is to help others become conscious of their entrapment and find joy, empowerment, and liberation in any circumstance. See more of her work at lonerwolf.comView Author posts