Archetypes – Book Review 

 February 26, 2013

By  Jana Hassett

By Caroline Myss

Psychology, Inspirational, Health & Healing


Archetypes – might be described as a different approach to defining characteristics and personalities.  Wikipedia defines it several ways, including in Psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior.

Archetypeme.com is a place where you can answer a few questions and receive a list of those archetypes you match.  With life so confusing these days, many have no sense of who they are and what they like.  Archetypes, the book,  will help you define the answers to the quiz and begin to define who you are.

I read the book and then took the quiz.  Either way works as long as you keep an open mind.  I was characterized as a Caregiver, Intellectual, and Visionary.  There are those that would question those “types” for me and others would agree completely.  However, without the book to give it all further meaning it’s difficult to decide.

Author, Caroline Myss believes we are born with life assignments and they are governed by our archetypal patterns. She calls them “sacred contracts” and that we have a natural network of life – friends and family – that adds to our greater social arena.  She talks about our archetypes coming to us through observations of nature and deep respect for mystical law – with power and constancy not controlled and organized by any earthly politics or theology.    She believes we learn from the laws of nature that life is ordered and ruled by cycles that clearly interact with each other.  This is much like the Animal Spirits of American Indian traditions and beliefs.

You must have an open mind when you read this book and take the test.  Some reviewed it a waste of time and money, but we don’t know where they come from.  A majority of those that received it liked it – And I agree.  Archetypes may be power trends of our times and they may be a natural outcome from ancient families.  Whichever way you believe if you are struggling with identity, consider putting this book in your library. It’s one to have on the shelf for future reference.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product that I read in its entirety.

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