The 12 Personality Archetypes: Which One Dominates You?

The 12 Personality Archetypes: Which One Dominates You?

Personality Archetypes – models of people, behaviors or personalities

By Carl Golden

Do you know every person has one dominant archetype that dominates our personality?

But, what exactly is an archetype?

The term “archetype”  has a Greek origin and is a combination of the word archein, which means “original or old”; and typos, which means “pattern, model or type”. Together it means “original pattern” of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived.

The Swiss psychiatrist psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, introduced the concept of archetype in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that archetypes (representing universal patterns and images) reside within the collective unconscious of people.

His concepts not only made a significant contribution to mainstream psychology but laid the foundation of both ancient and contemporary works.

What is the origin of these personal archetypes?

According to Jung’s analysis, these personality archetypes exist in the collective unconscious (the source of psychological inheritance) and regulate how humans experience certain things. Jung believes that the collective unconscious contains the experiences and knowledge that humans share.  We tend to inherit these personality archetypes just like we inherit the genetic patterns of behavior.

In his book, The archetypes and the collective unconscious, Carl Jung mentioned that Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions.  It is due to these archetypes in the world, there are so many powerful ideas in history, as per his book The Structure of the Psyche.

Jungian Personality archetypes

Jung defined twelve personality archetypes that symbolize basic human motivations. As per Jung’s theory archetypes are inborn tendencies that influence human behavior. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits.

A study published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences identified that a person can have several dominant archetypes in the early youth stage, but one dominant archetype is linked with several personality traits.

Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego (conscious mind), 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 agendas. Understanding each type can give valuable insights into what drives our goals, desires, behaviors, and motivation.

Different personality archetypes

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 wrong

Strategy: to do what is right

Weakness: boring for all their naive innocence and overly trusting person

Talent: faith, positive outlook towards life, can uplift others

The Innocent is also known as: Utopian, mystic, romantic, saint, traditionalist, naive, dreamer and happy-go-lucky.

2. The Orphan/Regular Guy or Gal

Motto: All men and women are created equal

Core Desire: to connect with others

Goal: belonging in the world

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, join groups and communities to find a place to fit in

Weakness: being cynical or losing one’s own self in the quest to fit in or for the sake of superficial relationships

Talent: realism, honesty, empathy, pragmatic, lack of pretense

The Regular Person is also known as: The good old boy, the working stiff,  the realist, the good neighbor, the solid citizen, 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,

Strategy: to be  strong, competent and stand up for others

Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight

Talent: competence and courage

The Hero is also known as: The warrior, superhero, crusader, rescuer, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner, and the team player.

Do you know people with low confidence have common personality archetypes? To better understand this read 7 Inner Archetypes That Cripple Your Confidence and Self-Respect

4. The Caregiver

Motto:  Love your neighbor as yourself

Core desire:  to protect and care for others

Goal:  to help others

Greatest fear:  selfishness and ingratitude

Strategy:  doing things for others

Weakness:  not able to say no, martyrdom and being exploited for good nature

Talent:  compassion, generosity

The Caregiver is also known as:  The saint, helper, empath, altruist, parent, compassionate, supporter.

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 world

Goal: to experience a better, more fulfilling life in one lifetime

Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness

Strategy: travel, experiencing new things, escape from boredom, learn new ideas and philosophies.

Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit, inability to stick at things or relationships for too long

Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soul

The explorer is also known as: The seeker, wanderer, iconoclast, pilgrim, individualist

6. The Rebel

Motto:  Rules are made to be broken

Core desire:  reform or revolution

Goal:  to overturn what isn’t working

Greatest fear: to be powerless

Strategy: disrupt, destroy, do things differently,

Weakness: crossing over to the dark side, crime

Talent: outrageousness, no hesitation to abandon good traditions to reform, radical freedom,

The Rebel is also known as: The revolutionary, the misfit, wild man, iconoclast.

7. The Lover

Motto: You’re the only one

Core desire: intimacy and experience

Goal: to be around people and relationships they love

Greatest fear: unloved, unwanted, being alone,

Strategy: seek harmony in everything, to become more and more physically and emotionally attractive,

Weakness: outward-directed desire to please others at risk of losing own identity, hard to deal with conflict

Talent: passion, diplomacy, gratitude, appreciation, and commitment

The Lover is also known as: The partner, enthusiast, friend, intimate, sensualist, spouse, team-builder.

Personality archetypes determine your romantic nature and the love language you speak. To know more read Five Romantic Archetypes: Which One Are You? 

8. The Creator

Motto: Do what you imagine

Core desire: to create things of enduring value

Goal: to realize a vision

Greatest fear: mediocre vision or execution or passive consumer of anything

Strategy: develop artistic control and skill

Task: to create culture, express own vision

Weakness: perfectionism, bad solutions

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  present and enjoy to the fullest

Goal: to have a great time and lighten up the world

Greatest fear: being bored or boring others

Strategy: be funny, play, make jokes

Weakness: frivolity, wasting time, hide emotions and pain through humor

Talent: joy, humor

The Jester is also known as: The fool, trickster, deep soul or comedian.

10. The Sage

Motto: The truth will set you free

Core desire: to seek truth.

Goal: Understand the world with intelligence

Biggest fear: being misled—or ignorance.

Strategy: seek information and knowledge; self-reflection and understanding thought processes, simplify complicated ideas.

Weakness: can study details forever and never act.

Talent: wisdom and intelligence.

The Sage is also known as: The expert, philosopher, scholar, detective, advisor, academic, researcher, professional, mentor, thinker, listener, planner, teacher, and contemplative.

16 thoughts on “The 12 Personality Archetypes: Which One Dominates You?”

  1. Avatar of Lewis Lafontaine

    The discriminating reader ought to make note that the none of the illustrations or simplistic descriptions in the article above appear in Carl Jung's Collected Works, Seminars or Letters.

    This is an instance where Dr. Jung's name is simply appropriated in an attempt to add an air of authenticity to what are merely the words of the author of the article that does nothing to enhance or enrich an understanding of Archetypes.

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