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Archetype Analysis For Female Development

By Colleen Guy

Ever since the Garden of Eden, the place of women in society has been continually questioned. Is it now possible for women to improve their standing, and to “win” themselves a better deal? Of course, the answers are going to be heavily dependable upon the respondent’s personal experience- for example a high-flying career woman and a single mum living on a council estate will obviously have very different perspectives.

We might think society has changed, and that the place of women has improved- but in fact countless problems remain; including the glass ceiling, the lack of successful female role-models and net-working events designed exclusively for men. Often, women must be twice as good as their male counterparts in order to succeed. In addition, even the most successful women often experience feelings of self-doubt and a lack of confidence.

Legislation has, to an extent, been fighting this problem. Nevertheless, the underlying issues remain present -the sexual harassment and discrimination cases reported in the press are certainly just the tip of the iceberg. However, the situation has surely got better in the last 100 years, and will certainly continue to do so.

I personally believe that women need to create their own luck- rather than wait for society to change. Common problems, such as self-confidence, can be largely addressed by coaching. Ability and skill coaching does have limits though- it’s ultimately much more important to discover the deeper issues that affect a woman’s confidence.

We can do this using Archetype Analysis – a highly insightful analytic tool used to aid self-development. It’s an inspiring proven and successful tool which allows users, by getting in touch with their “potential selves”, to shift their self-perspective, and help them through important life quandaries. It’s especially useful for woman, as the very nature of the analysis involves identifying preconceptions and looking at how they can be built on/ discarded, which may allow a major positive transformation in how they see themselves.

By exploring your childhood, the user discovers their “story”- the learned and entrenched attitudes that everyone inherits at this young age. Archetype Analysis maintains that, as our stories are reassuring; we “cling” to them unnecessarily. It suggests an innovative (but sensitive) approach to life fulfilment. This is achieved through enhancing and modifying your story (rather than just throwing it away).

Archetype analysis postulates 12 archetypes (or types of personality); with an assessment tool that helps users to understand which archetypes they are currently favouring, and additionally encouraging them to explore the effects of adopting alternative archetypes.

The different archetypes can be illustrated by studying how we might confront a particular problem.

* Innocent: we are optimistic it will turn out well

* Orphan: becoming more practical about the outcome and perhaps asking for help

* Warrior: getting our resources together and constructing a decisive plan

* Caregiver: taking into account others affected by the problem

* Seeker: collecting new information

* Lover: making commitments to change, and re-constructing relationships

* Destroyer: leaving behind illusions and false-hope

* Creator: creating a new solution

* Ruler: becoming responsible

* Sage: reviewing the lesson learnt

* Jester: enjoying ourselves again

* Magician: changing the way we think and behave to fit with a particular solution

We then complete the circle and trust that everything will be OK (Innocent).

Even just being aware of the different archetypes can really benefit you- by allowing you to reconsider and experiment with new ways of being and looking at yourself. Even though it’s the Caregiver archetype that’s normally associated with women, I frequently suggest that female clients focus on the Seeker and Warrior archetypes, and additionally experiment with the Magician within.

Archetype Analysis gives you the chance to explore new and broader aspects of your personality in a way that many women find phenomenally refreshing in light of all your previous life preconceptions. Perhaps the lesson to be taken is not from Adam and Eve, but from the serpent- the time has come to shed an old skin, and explore a fresh new you.

Learn more about Archetype Analysis from Colleen Guy, founder of Spirit Mystique. Visit the website to learn more about the wide range of Spiritual Workshops and Spiritual Coaching Colleen offers.

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