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Jung Theory: 12 Common Archetypes Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Jung Theory: 12 Common Archetypes

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


The Four Cardinal Orient­ations define four groups, with each group containing three types (as the wheel of archetypes shown above illust­rates). Each group is motivated by its respective orienting focus: ego-fu­lfi­llment, freedom, socialness and order. This is a variation on the three groups of Types previously mentioned; however, whereas all the types within the Ego, Soul & Self sets all share the same driving source, the types comprising the four orienting groups have different source drives but the same motivating orient­ation.

Unders­tanding the groupings will aid in unders­tanding the motiva­tional and self-p­erc­eptual dynamics of each type.

1. The Innocent (Ego Type)

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 bad or wrong
Strategy: to do things right
Weakness: boring for all their naive innocence
Talent: faith and optimism
Also known as: Utopian, tradit­ion­alist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer.

2. The Orphan­/Re­gular Guy or Gal (Ego Type)

Motto: All men and women are created equal
Core Desire: connecting with others
Goal: to belong
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
Weakness: losing one's own self in an effort to blend in or for the sake of superf­icial relati­onships
Talent: realism, empathy, lack of pretense
Also known as: The good old boy, everyman, the person next door, the realist, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbor, the silent majority.

3. The Hero (Ego Type)

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, being a "­chi­cke­n"
Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible
Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight
Talent: competence and courage
Also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.

4. The Caregiver (Ego Type)

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: martyrdom and being exploited
Talent: compas­sion, generosity
Also known as: The saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter.

Four Cardinal Orient­ation of Archetypes

The Four Cardinal Orient­ations define four groups, with each group containing three types (as the wheel of archetypes shown above illust­rates). Each group is motivated by its respective orienting focus: ego-fu­lfi­llment, freedom, socialness and order

5. The Explorer (Soul Type)

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 authentic, more fulfilling life
Biggest fear: getting trapped, confor­mity, and inner emptiness
Strategy: journey, seeking out and experi­encing new things, escape from boredom
Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit
Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one's soul
Also known as: The seeker, iconoc­last, wanderer, indivi­dua­list, pilgrim.

6. The Rebel (Soul Type)

Motto: Rules are made to be broken
Core desire: revenge or revolution
Goal: to overturn what isn't working
Greatest fear: to be powerless or ineffe­ctual
Strategy: disrupt, destroy, or shock
Weakness: crossing over to the dark side, crime
Talent: outrag­eou­sness, radical freedom
Also known as: The rebel, revolu­tio­nary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoc­last.

7. The Lover (Soul Type)

Motto: You're the only one
Core desire: intimacy and experience
Goal: being in a relati­onship with the people, work and surrou­ndings they love
Greatest fear: being alone, a wallfl­ower, unwanted, unloved
Strategy: to become more and more physically and emotio­nally attractive
Weakness: outwar­d-d­irected desire to please others at risk of losing own identity
Talent: passion, gratitude, apprec­iation, and commitment
Also known as: The partner, friend, intimate, enthus­iast, sensua­list, spouse, team-b­uilder.

8. The Creator (Soul Type)

Motto: If you can imagine it, it can be done
Core desire: to create things of enduring value
Goal: to realize a vision
Greatest fear: mediocre vision or execution
Strategy: develop artistic control and skill
Task: to create culture, express own vision
Weakness: perfec­tio­nism, bad solutions
Talent: creativity and imagin­ation
Also known as: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer.

9. The Jester (Self Type)

Motto: You only live once
Core desire: to live in the moment with full enjoyment
Goal: to have a great time and lighten up the world
Greatest fear: being bored or boring others
Strategy: play, make jokes, be funny
Weakness: frivolity, wasting time
Talent: joy
Also known as: The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian.

10. The Sage (Self Type)

Motto: The truth will set you free
Core desire: to find the truth.
Goal: to use intell­igence and analysis to understand the world.
Biggest fear: being duped, misled—or ignorance.
Strategy: seeking out inform­ation and knowledge; self-r­efl­ection and unders­tanding thought processes.
Weakness: can study details forever and never act.
Talent: wisdom, intell­igence.
Also known as: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philos­opher, academic, resear­cher, thinker, planner, profes­sional, mentor, teacher, contem­pla­tive.

11. The Magician (Self Type)

Motto: I make things happen.
Core desire: unders­tanding the fundam­ental laws of the universe
Goal: to make dreams come true
Greatest fear: unintended negative conseq­uences
Strategy: develop a vision and live by it
Weakness: becoming manipu­lative
Talent: finding win-win solutions
Also known as: The visionary, catalyst, inventor, charis­matic leader, shaman, healer, medicine man.

12. The Ruler (Self Type)

Motto: Power isn't everyt­hing, it's the only thing.
Core desire: control
Goal: create a prospe­rous, successful family or community
Strategy: exercise power
Greatest fear: chaos, being overthrown
Weakness: being author­ita­rian, unable to delegate
Talent: respon­sib­ility, leadership
Also known as: The boss, leader, aristo­crat, king, queen, politi­cian, role model, manager or admini­str­ator.