The Hero’s Journey and the Jungian Archetypes: My Take

“Not all choose to answer the call, in fact few do, that’s why there’s those who point and those who do.”


After Jung devised his personality descriptions of Attitudes (Introversion and Extraversion) and Functions (Non-Rational: Intuition/Sensing and Judgmental: Thinking/Feeling) he went to work on Archetypes as they are representative of human behavior and expression throughout time and space.

We act out through an archetype based upon our external and internal connections to existence. There are four External Orientations each including 3 archetypes with varying internal driving sources. 

Orientations: there are four Cardinal orientations that display how one interacts with their environment socially, through the various twelve fundamental archetypes. These are the different roles that one may employ when their focus is externally oriented.

Freedom: seek a sense of freedom, or Liberty, within ones environment 

Social: the that roles one plays socially are given deference.

Order: seek to control their external environment, and to mangage their experiences.

Ego Fulfillment: seek to actualize externally ones ego impulses.    

Driving Sources: the motivation, or inspiration, that motors ones internal sense of things.

Ego: fuel meant to actualize ones internal sense of duty.

Self: fuel meant to actualize ones internal sense of who they think they are truly.

Soul: fuel meant to actualize ones deeper internal sense of who they are eternally. 






The following three archetypes that all have different external orientations and internal drive sources, and are unique of the twelve fundamental archetypes in that regard.

Order/Ego: The Innocent

The Innocent, driven by the ego’s sense of duty, seeks happiness but fears displeasing others by doing wrong and breaking the rules of order. Their flawed belief that controlling their environment and holding back from opening up internally, derails their goals

Freedom/Self: The Jester

The Jester, driven by the Selfs call to express its Self, employs humor and fun to lighten up those around them, but they spend their energy outside themselves and to their own detriment.

Social/Soul: The Lover

The Lover, driven by their soul, desperately wants to give and receive love, but by over-focusing on the external, they block their ability to love as they truly yearn to.

The Ego-Fulfillment Orientation

contains three archetypes that are all driven by different sources, in their attempts to get their needs met in the external world. This orientation is the only one that contains all three drive sources and is therefore unique. The three different archetypes in this orientation, represent the fundamental constituents of Human Nature.

Ego Driven: The Hero

The ego driven and ego oriented Hero archetype, seeks self-mastery in a way that improves the world around him/her, and they reluctantly summon the courage to prove his/her worth by doing so in the external world. 

This act proves to the hero, that their internal world is true and if they are successful, as determined and guided by the authentic-self held captive in their Shadow, they are rewarded with a confidence and glimpse into their shadowy realms that releases them from bondage and much fear. 

Their battle never ends in life, but with their initial victory they know that their fear of exposure and the vulnerability they have shown, was the very thing that held them back for so long. 

They can now go onto consciously assuming any of the other 11 archetypal roles at will, and achieve great feats as well as inspire others to do so for themselves.

This archetype must be actualized if one hopes to grow past their current representative archetype.

Self Drive: The Wizard/Magician

The Wizard seeks to actualize their dreams through developing and pushing an idealized vision of their life. Lacking access to their authentic-self (as all of the non-Individuated archetypes do), they push their vision too hard, compromising their integrity in the process.

Soul Driven: The Artist/Creator

The Artist is driven by a deep desire of the soul to create, and with an angst seeks to express his/her creative impulses, but is derailed by their perfectionism that holds them back from accepting their call towards the perilous hero’s journey.

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