Have you ever wondered which iconic character archetype aligns with your personality?
In his seminal work, “The Hero With A Thousand Faces,” American mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell explores and deconstructs the “monomyth” or the “hero’s journey.” And in his extensive research of stories from diverse cultures althroughout history, he found that there were always archetypal characters who play specific roles in the hero’s journey and reflect the diverse facets of humanity. Similarly, psychologist Carl Jung also used the concept of archetypes in his theory of the human psyche.
So if you’re curious about which popular character archetype best describes you, let’s dive into right into it:
The Hero archetype often goes on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation. They typically face challenges, confront their fears, and ultimately emerge as stronger, more enlightened individuals. This is your character archetype if the words that best describe you are dutiful, noble, and willful. Heroes are also driven by a strong desire to do what’s right, protect those who cannot protect themselves, and in doing so, prove their worthiness. Luke Skywalker from “Star Wars” is a classic Hero archetype. He embarks on a heroic journey, faces adversity, and evolves into a symbol of hope and strength.
The Lover archetype represents passion, desire, and deep emotional connections. This archetype explores themes of love, romance, and sensuality. Deeply loving and loyal, Lovers seek intimacy, romance, and are characterised by their emotional intensity. EElizabeth Bennet from “Pride and Prejudice,” for example, is a Lover because of her strong-willed and passionate nature in navigating the complexities of love and societal expectations.
The Explorer archetype seeks adventure, new experiences, and self-discovery. So if you’re driven by your curiosity and a strong desire to venture into the unknown, then you’re most likely an Explorer. Ambitious and independent, Explorers seek above all else to find out who they are. Take Indiana Jones, for example: he embarks on daring adventures in search of ancient treasure and unravels the mysteries of the past while constantly pushing the boundaries of his own knowledge and capabilities.
Are you a bold trailblazer who champions freedom and change? Do you believe that rules are meant to be broken because they often stifle progress and innovation? If so, then you’re likely a Rebel archetype. Rebels challenge authority, norms, and the status quo. They are driven by a desire for justice, equality, and the dismantling of oppressive systems. Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” is a Rebel archetype. She defies the oppressive Capitol and becomes a symbol of resistance, sparking a revolution against a tyrannical regime. Her courageous actions and unwavering defiance exemplify the Rebel’s commitment to fighting for a better world.
The Orphan archetype represents vulnerability, a sense of being alone or disconnected, and the quest for belonging. Does that resonate with you? Honest and realistic, Orphans face life’s challenges head-on, often relying on their resilience and adaptability to navigate the world’s uncertainties. Harry Potter is an Orphan archetype. He grows up feeling unloved and disconnected until he discovers his true identity in the wizarding world.
The Innocent archetype represents purity, optimism, and a belief in the inherent goodness of people and the world. Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks in the film of the same name, is an Innocent archetype. His unwavering optimism and simple wisdom touch the lives of those around him. Innocent characters are pure, optimistic, and often naive. They see the world with childlike wonder and believe in the inherent goodness of people. If this sounds like you, then you’re most likely faithful, optimistic, and seeking an ideal in yourself and in the world.
These archetypes provide a framework for understanding the diverse range of characters and personalities found in literature, film, and human experience, showcasing the rich tapestry of the human psyche and the stories we tell. So, Psych2Goers, which of these popular archetypes are you? Keep in mind that you can be a combination of several, but most people tend to identify the most with one. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to like this article and subscribe for more engaging content