What's Your Archetype?

I was certain I was a rebel. Turns out, I was wrong.

Jan 23, 2013 at 3:30pm | Leave a comment

I’ve always been one of those people who look to anything and everything in order to get a better sense of who I truly am. Personality tests, horoscopes, tarot cards and fine, I’ll admit it: I totally went to a psychic recently and I loved it. Finally someone who recognized how sensitive and in tune I am with other people’s energy!

Plus, I’m tooootally going to meet an awesome and successful guy who supports all of my ambitions this summer. Get stoked.

I know a lot of people think all of that stuff is ridiculous, but I don’t know what to say: I can definitely tell if I’ll be compatible with someone based on a personality test or a sun sign. Cancers? I can’t stand when you sulk or get moody, but for some reason I date you again and again. And I feel like all I have to do is tell someone I’m a Taurus and they automatically know that I’m stubborn, loyal, a homebody, and only like really soft fabrics to touch my skin. Seriously, just looking at an acrylic/polyester blend can make me break out in hives.

Sure, people love to debate the merit of some of these things, but I’ve found it’s really hard to debate the results of something like the Myers Briggs test. I’m often the life of the party, constantly telling jokes, trying to make people laugh, and full of energy. But truthfully? I’m a total introvert. Of course, because I play the court jester so well, no one ever believes this about me until I tell him, “But the Myers Briggs test said so!” Plus, even if you’re slightly skeptical, isn’t it fun to take a test or read an article that’s all about YOU?

That was the one thing that got me through this completely convoluted class I took in graduate school about Carl Jung. I was pretty confused at the beginning, especially when the professor started describing archetypes, but ultimately, I took everything she said and figured out how it applied to my personality and my life, and I totally ended up getting an A. (And keeping my 4.0 intact. Which, turns out, means nothing in the real world, which is why I’m “bragging” about it here.)

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Um, you guys? My notes from that class tell me drugs and alcohol are an ARTIFICIAL opening of the unconscious. I've been doing it wrong.

Basically, and you guys probably know this already because you’re seriously some of the smartest people on the Internet, an archetype is a pattern of behavior that helps explain your soul, who you want to be, and how you see the world around you. In theory, they live above all else, including age, race, gender, education, etc. You’re born with them.

So, for example, if I asked you which of these best described you, what would you say?

  • Creative
  • Athlete
  • Rebel
  • Caregiver
  • Visionary
  • Queen/Executive
  • Spiritual
  • Fashionista
  • Advocate
  • Intellectual

Off the top of my head, I’d go with Creative and Rebel. But then I took this quiz on ArchetypeMe, a new social network site that’s tailored to your personality, and it turns out I’m not a Rebel at all. I KNOW. Kind of a bummer.

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Apparently, I've ALWAYS been creative. (Just kidding, this was for some modeling shoot when I was a kid. But still.)

The quiz is actually really interesting and made me think hard. Also, I knew I was going to share some of my answers with you guys, so I had to really force myself to be totally honest.

For example, one of the questions asked is “I think most people admire my:” You can choose 1-3 answers from a mix of things like “Sense of style” (Don’t worry, I know my trucker hats and plaid shirts meant that one wasn’t an option!) to “Nurturing spirit” (Another one I skipped over -– shocking!). Ultimately, I couldn't even come up with three, so I chose “Ability to perform or be creative” and “Search for truth and balance.”

I thought the choices for “My Deepest Fear Is:” were the most interesting. And also the ones that gave me the most pause. Am I scared of not being loved or needed? I really had to take pause and think about that. Ultimately, I skipped over it in favor of “losing my inspiration to create” and “not living my higher purpose,” but I wonder if maybe I also should have chosen “taking fun too far.” (Although is that actually a thing? Taking fun TOO far?)

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Not the smartest person in the room? Puh-lease!

Anyway, it’s really interesting and I actually learned a lot from my results, which were:

  • 43% Creative: The Creative woman lives to express herself and is happiest when she’s making something, whether it’s a dress, video, novel, song, dessert or website.
  • 23% Intellectual: If you’re an Intellectual, you’re always seeking knowledge and wisdom.
  • 14% Athlete: Winning drives you when you’re an Athlete. But so do restlessness and a hunger for excitement.

I mean, NO ONE I know would ever believe the athlete part, especially since I haven’t been to the gym in like two months (R.I.P. my skinny jeans), but I think a part of it is true. I do need excitement. I love adrenaline. And even though I’ve been lethargic as of late, I also know that’s probably why I’ve also been a little depressed.

Anyway, yikes! Me me me me me. (Narcissist wasn’t an option, but I probably would have scored highly in that area if it were.) I just thought this was a cool quiz to take. Definitely made me think. And once you get your results, you can also get interesting custom content that’s tailored to your archetype. It’s also super easy to find other people with similar interests/archetypes and tag/save content that you find on the web (think: Pinterest) that related to your archetype. Like this article, for example (hint hint).

But what I really want to know is 1. What do you THINK your archetypes are? Go take the quiz and then 2. Come back here and let me know in the comments what your results were. Will your archetypes be what you think or will you be surprised like I was? I mean, come on. I am SUCH a rebel.

Take the quiz now and add me as a friend when you're finished!

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