Your InnerHero: The Altruist

“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi

Arhetype IV: The Altruist
According to Carol Pearson the Altruist symbolises giving and abundance, but only that type of giving which you are passionate about, not what you think the world expects of you.

In a Warrior culture, achievement is everything, yet we all like to be valued as people, separate to our achievements. Subtract the people in society who work for nothing, who give out love and care without expectation of getting it back, and it would not be much of a society. We need to have a larger meaning to guide our actions, so that they do not come simply from a desire for personal power or money – this is the worth of the Altruist.

The negative side of the archetype is unnecessary sacrifice. Many people will go through their lives giving up their own ambitions and desires for the sake of others, yet sacrifice often goes unrewarded, and can be taken for granted.

Greg Mortenson with his students

Greg Mortenson with his students

The Innocent

Isabella and the pot of Basil, G.H.G. Manton

Isabella and the pot of Basil, G.H.G. Manton










“There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Archetype V: The Innocent
Though we are born innocent, part of us continues to look for Utopian possibilities, despite all the contrary ‘reality’ we come across. We can return to this place, Pearson says, but only after we have taken our own heroic journeys. The sense of trust in the universe that we had as infants can be regained by reawakening the Innocent.

While the Warrior learns that ‘life is all up to me’, the Innocent lives on a cushion of faith and belief in the essential abundance of the universe. The Warrior believes that life is a race against time, in competition with others for limited resources, but the Innocent believes that synchronicity will provide whatever is needed.


Your InnerHero: On Carol Pearson’s Archetypes