What is an archetype?

An archetype is an original model of a person after which others are copied or patterned. The origins of archetypes date back as far as Plato. Plato’s ideas were pure mental forms that were imprinted in the soul before it was born into the world. They were collective in the sense that they embodied the fundamental characteristics of a thing. The use of archetypes to analyse personality was advanced by Carl Jung who suggested the existence of a kind of heritable racial memory comprised of collective human experiences. According to Jung archetypes are universal prototypes for ideas and may be used to interpret observations. Jung treated the archetypes as psychological organs, analogous to physical ones in that both are morphological constructs that arose through evolution.

Covered in this course:

  • The main archetypes: The Self, The Shadow, The Anima, The Animus, The Persona
  • The recurring archetypes: The Child, The Hero, The Great Mother
  • Psychological analysis on the model of a person, personality or behaviour
  • The use of archetypes to analyse personality
  • The complex: The group of memories and interpretations associated with an archetype
  • And lots more…


$350 including handouts, manual and certificate.

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