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Writers can use these 12 Archetypes to create characters
The 12 Common Archetypes by Carl Golden
The twelve archetypes are divided into ego types, self types, and soul types. 
1) The Four Ego Types 1. The InnocentMotto: Free to be you and meCore desire: to get to paradiseGoal: to be happyGreatest fear: to be punished for doing something bad or wrongStrategy: to do things rightWeakness: boring for all their naive innocenceTalent: faith and optimismThe Innocent is also known as: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer. 2. The Orphan/Regular Guy or GalMotto: All men and women are created equalCore Desire: connecting with othersGoal: to belongGreatest fear: to be left out or to stand out from the crowdStrategy: develop ordinary solid virtues, be down to earth, the common touchWeakness: losing one’s own self in an effort to blend in or for the sake of superficial relationshipsTalent: realism, empathy, lack of pretenceThe Regular Person is also known as: The good old boy, everyman, the person next door, the realist, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbour, the silent majority. 3. The HeroMotto: Where there’s a will, there’s a wayCore desire: to prove one’s worth through courageous actsGoal: expert mastery in a way that improves the worldGreatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a “chicken”Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possibleWeakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fightTalent: competence and courageThe Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player. 4. The CaregiverMotto: Love your neighbour as yourselfCore desire: to protect and care for othersGoal: to help othersGreatest fear: selfishness and ingratitudeStrategy: doing things for othersWeakness: martyrdom and being exploitedTalent: compassion, generosityThe Caregiver is also known as: The saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter. 2) The Four Soul Types         5. The ExplorerMotto: Don’t fence me inCore desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the worldGoal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling lifeBiggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptinessStrategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredomWeakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfitTalent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soulThe explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim. 6. The RebelMotto: Rules are made to be brokenCore desire: revenge or revolutionGoal: to overturn what isn’t workingGreatest fear: to be powerless or ineffectualStrategy: disrupt, destroy, or shockWeakness: crossing over to the dark side, crimeTalent: outrageousness, radical freedomThe Outlaw is also known as: The rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoclast. 7. The LoverMotto: You’re the only oneCore desire: intimacy and experienceGoal: being in a relationship with the people, work and surroundings they loveGreatest fear: being alone, a wallflower, unwanted, unlovedStrategy: to become more and more physically and emotionally attractiveWeakness: outward-directed desire to please others at risk of losing own identityTalent: passion, gratitude, appreciation, and commitmentThe Lover is also known as: The partner, friend, intimate, enthusiast, sensualist, spouse, team-builder. 8. The CreatorMotto: If you can imagine it, it can be doneCore desire: to create things of enduring valueGoal: to realize a visionGreatest fear: mediocre vision or executionStrategy: develop artistic control and skillTask: to create culture, express own visionWeakness: perfectionism, bad solutionsTalent: creativity and imaginationThe Creator is also known as: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer. 3) The Four Self Types 9. The JesterMotto: You only live onceCore desire: to live in the moment with full enjoymentGoal: to have a great time and lighten up the worldGreatest fear: being bored or boring othersStrategy: play, make jokes, be funnyWeakness: frivolity, wasting timeTalent: joyThe Jester is also known as: The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian. 10. The SageMotto: The truth will set you freeCore 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.The Sage is also known as: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philosopher, academic, researcher, thinker, planner, professional, mentor, teacher, contemplative. 11. The MagicianMotto: I make things happen.Core desire: understanding the fundamental laws of the universeGoal: to make dreams come trueGreatest fear: unintended negative consequencesStrategy: develop a vision and live by itWeakness: becoming manipulativeTalent: finding win-win solutionsThe Magician is also known as: The visionary, catalyst, inventor, charismatic leader, shaman, healer, medicine man. 12. The RulerMotto: Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.Core desire: controlGoal: create a prosperous, successful family or communityStrategy: exercise powerGreatest fear: chaos, being overthrownWeakness: being authoritarian, unable to delegateTalent: responsibility, leadershipThe Ruler is also known as: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.
Note: There are four cardinal orientations: freedom, social, ego, order. The types have a place on these orientations.
Article via soulcraft.co

    amandaonwriting:

    Writers can use these 12 Archetypes to create characters

    The 12 Common Archetypes by Carl Golden

    The twelve archetypes are divided into ego types, self types, and soul types. 

    1) The Four Ego Types
     
    1. The Innocent
    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
    The Innocent is also known as: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer.
     
    2. The Orphan/Regular Guy or Gal
    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 pretence
    The Regular Person is also known as: The good old boy, everyman, the person next door, the realist, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbour, the silent majority.
     
    3. The Hero
    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
    The Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.
     
    4. The Caregiver
    Motto: Love your neighbour 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
    The Caregiver is also known as: The saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter.
     
    2) The Four Soul Types
             
    5. The Explorer
    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
    The explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.
     
    6. The Rebel
    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
    The Outlaw is also known as: The rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoclast.
     
    7. The Lover
    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
    The Lover is also known as: The partner, friend, intimate, enthusiast, sensualist, spouse, team-builder.
     
    8. The Creator
    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
    The Creator is also known as: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer.
     
    3) The Four Self Types
     
    9. The Jester
    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
    The Jester is also known as: The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian.
     
    10. The Sage
    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.
    The Sage is also known as: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philosopher, academic, researcher, thinker, planner, professional, mentor, teacher, contemplative.
     
    11. The Magician
    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
    The Magician is also known as: The visionary, catalyst, inventor, charismatic leader, shaman, healer, medicine man.
     
    12. The Ruler
    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
    The Ruler is also known as: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.

    Note: There are four cardinal orientations: freedom, social, ego, order. The types have a place on these orientations.

    Article via soulcraft.co

     
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