Your InnerHero: On Carol Pearson’s Archetypes

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”
Charles Dickens, “David Copperfield”


David Copperfield, J. W. Smith

Carl Jung pioneered the idea of archetypes, described as ‘imprints of possibility’ which are available for everyone to access. The “Hero Within” is no learned treatise, but its sheer accessibility has made Jungian archetypal psychology easily understood. Carol Pearson describes her influential bestseller as ‘an operating manual for the psyche’. She has said that she wrote it for ordinary people who feel they could live extraordinary lives, and convincingly sets out to show how harnessing the power of the six mythic archetypes is a key to personal transformation.

Archetype I: The Orphan Archetype
We are all born in innocence, but the job of the Orphan is to face life head-on instead of becoming attached to the victim mindset and states of dependency. You have integrated your Orphan when you stop craving protection and security, and are willing to let others be freer as well; when you can balance wariness with hope, avoiding the conclusion that ‘life is suffering’. You know about pain, but you also assert that it is not everything.

Charles Dickens published “David Copperfield” in 1849-1850. David is more or less an autobiography of Charles Dickens’ own life.

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