Saturday, January 5, 2013
Book Review - Archetypes
Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people, ideas, or products and turned off by others? Are you constantly searching for something you can’t put your finger on, or wondering whether you are living a life that truly fits?
In Archetypes, New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss delves into the world of archetypes, which have been the subject of her work for more than 25 years. Archetypes are universal patterns of behavior that, once discovered, help you better understand yourself and your place in the world. In short, knowing your archetypes can transform your life.
Within the pages of this book, Myss writes about ten primary archetypes that have emerged in today’s society: the Caregiver, the Artist/Creative, the Fashionista, the Intellectual, the Rebel, the Queen/Executive, the Advocate, the Visionary, the Athlete, and the Spiritual Seeker. In each chapter, she explains one individual archetype, showing how it has evolved and then in fascinating detail lays out the unique characteristics, the defining graces, the life challenges, and other information to help you understand if you are part of this archetype family and if so, how you can fully tap into its power. She also offers tips and practical advice on how to fully engage with your archetypes.
Learning which archetypes best describe you is just the beginning. You can then use this knowledge to make more conscious decisions about everything from careers to relationships, avoiding common pitfalls of your personality type while playing up your strengths. The result is a happier, more authentic you. It’s never too late to change your life by embracing your archetypes to the fullest.
So are you a Rebel? An Artist? A Visionary? Join us . . . and find yourself.
My Take on the Book
Each every one of us has a unique and distinct personality that can connect instantly or not at all with another person. I know that I for one have always been intrigued on knowing why this is the case. This book tackles this question and allows the reader to be able to better understand the reasons why some things motivate us to do things while others do not. The author of examines 10 archetypes that she states will motivate us in different ways. Each one of these archetypes are different and unique in their own light and because of this you gain a better understanding not only about yourself but also about the people that surround you daily.
As I read this I found that there were aspects of different archetypes that I fell into and in thinking about even my own family members this seems to be the case as well, though there seemed to be specific archetypes that better fit me as well.
I found this book to be very insightful and a book that truly made you think deeply about yourself and how you interact with others. This was a powerful book that will help you to better notice things about yourself that you may not notice in the past and will help you to better understand how you can interact to a stronger degree with others around you. This is a great book that I would encourage all to read.
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