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Caroline Myss

Psychology, Inspirational, Health & Healing


Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people, ideas, or products and turned off by others? Are you constantly searching for something you can’t put your finger on, or wondering whether you are living a life that truly fits?

In Archetypes, New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss delves into the world of archetypes, which have been the subject of her work for more than 25 years. Archetypes are universal patterns of behavior that, once discovered, help you better understand yourself and your place in the world. In short, knowing your archetypes can transform your life.

Within the pages of this book, Myss writes about ten primary feminine archetypes that have emerged in today’s society: the Caregiver, the Artist/Creative, the Fashionista, the Intellectual, the Rebel, the Queen/Executive, the Advocate, the Visionary, the Athlete, and the Spiritual Seeker. In each chapter, she explains one individual archetype, showing how it has evolved and then in fascinating detail lays out the unique characteristics, the defining graces, the life challenges, and other information to help you understand if you are part of this archetype family and if so, how you can fully tap into its power. She also offers tips and practical advice on how to fully engage with your archetypes.

Learning which archetypes best describe you is just the beginning. You can then use this knowledge to make more conscious decisions about everything from careers to relationships, avoiding common pitfalls of your personality type while playing up your strengths. The result is a happier, more authentic you. It’s never too late to change your life by embracing your archetypes to the fullest.

So are you a Rebel? An Artist? A Visionary? Join us . . . and find yourself.

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Dec 20, 2012 frankvancouver
Caroline Myss reintroduces the importance of Archetypes to the mainstream conversation about personal development. Archetypes are not set in stone. Yes, some have been with us as long as our collective narratives, but some are emerging or at least reshaping themselves, in light of social and technological changes. Archetypes aren't just labels, even if we can use them as such to put a tag on other people. And when we do so, we always do it through the lenses of our own archetype. Archetypes come in families, sharing similarities but also differences.

Awareness about Archetypes starts from observing people around us. Why? Because it is easier to spot them when we do not feel our own "personality" is at stake. Identifying an Archetype is made easier by this book, which provides behavioral patterns and main characteristics for each of them. The book also looks into how our imprints attract opportunities, and how to tap into your strengths to fulfill your sacred contract. The book is focused on the female expressions of Archetypes, but it also mentions their male counterparts. It can be applied to men, too, with some work on the side of the reader. And it's surely useful to male readers to better understand the female universe.

Caroline's Archetypes and its companion website are a powerful tool, comparable - but with its own characteristics and merits - to the Enneagram and to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for career planning. Of course, it is important to remember that Archetypes represent the core of our personalities, strengths, lenses, etc. in conventional terms, but not our ultimate essence, which transcends them.

The best question presented in the book, at least for me, is: "Do we choose our archetypes? And can we change them?". I am not going this away, so you have to read the book by yourself to see what Caroline says about this :-)

Disclaimer: I received this book, before it was released to the general public, for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Dec 27, 2012 cmwaugh
Your Inner-net Guide to Self-Realization – You are Who you Are

Have you ever walked into a room and resonated with someone right away? Maybe it’s because sometimes we see ourselves in these people. But what if we could capture that essence precisely enough to put our finger on who we really are?

We can begin to capture this essence, according to Caroline Myss, bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism.

Her book, Archetypes is an irresistible key to our inner-net to self-realization – the ability to recognize and accept all the reasons why certain things motivate us.

I found myself residing in many ways to several of the archetypes, except for one which really stood out among the 10 she identifies.

Myss says, “While you may relate to numerous archetypes in greater and lesser ways, you do not have an endless number of primary personal archetypes … your psyche would implode.”

I may not be a Mother Theresa, Pablo Picasso or my sister, the Fashionista, but I am pieces of T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Teresa of Avila, Carl Jung and many more.

According to Myss, this places me in the Intellectual archetype, the professional student, writer, thinker and wisdom seeker.

I’m also pieces of the Artist or Creative, but not as strongly tied to their particular characteristics as the Intellectual.

Myss shares some startling (but true) pieces of all the archetypes that we often refuse to face.

She works each archetype through their inner shadow, myths about each one, lifestyle challenges, behavior patterns and a whole host of intriguing power practices crucial in noticing when we gain power and how we lose power.

Where might you fit? Take a guess: Advocate, Artist/Creative, Athlete, Caregiver, Fashionista, Intellectual, Queen/Executive, Rebel, Spiritual Seeker, or Visionary?

Are you drawn to any of these people: Jacqueline Kennedy, Georgia O’Keeffe, Michael Jordan, women in general, Gloria Vanderbilt, Buddha, Oprah Winfrey, Gandhi, Rumi, or Gloria Steinem? If you are, you’ll want to see what fascinating characteristics might live within your inner-net.

Until later, I send you love, blessings and wishes for a prosperous and abundant life!

(I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I am also an affiliate of Hay House Publishing and Amazon. This means I receive a commission if you buy Hay House or Amazon products linked from this website.)
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Jan 03, 2013 hhreviewer2

Having read Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss, I was intrigued by the concept of her new book Archetypes. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Also, I found it to be a fresh, modern take on the definition of archetypes such as those provided by Jung, for instance.

Strangely, the book focuses mostly on women. The reason for this, I can only assume, is Caroline Myss' mention in one of the chapters in the book where she discusses how women most often attend workshops, conferences, read self-help books, etc. Each archetype, however, does include its masculine counterpart, if there is a difference, that is.

Another interesting aspect that makes it feel more modern is its connection to the ArchetypeMe website. It is actually a great link to check out, especially if one is having difficulty typing themselves, because there is an interactive quiz.

Overall, I believe that any person who may be interested in archetypes, but who found books such as Sacred Contacts a bit too daunting, would gain from reading Archetypes by Caroline Myss.

This is my review of Archetypes by Caroline Myss. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

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