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This week, we're going to look at a particular category of symbols: archetypes. The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols describes archetypes,
After analyzing the dreams of many patients, [the psychologist Carl] Jung concluded that certain images appear as symbols universally and are therefore part of what he called the collective unconscious, built on the cultural experiences and memories of our ancestors. Images of being pursued by a huge monster, of yearning for safety, or of dangers lurking in the dark, are very commonly experienced dreams in all parts of the world.
Jung termed these universal images "archetypes." There is the "anima", or female principle, which can manifest as the goddess, queen, princess, or witch; and an "animus," or male principle, which could be a god, king, prince, wizard, or demon character. These figures symbolize for us our image of male and female and could represent either an aspect of ourselves, a parent, or a loved one.
Other archetypes include the shadow, embodiment of geelings of guilt or fear, particularly about our hidden and unacknowledged feelings or desires.
A huge list of archetypes with examples of each can be found here.
This week, we're going to do the opposite of what I usually advise - we're going to stereotype. We're going to take some famous people, and shove them into one-word categories. I'll put up some pictures, and you tell me the first archetype that springs to your mind for them. It doesn't have to be something from the list noted above, those are just examples to give you some ideas. Put up some photos of your own! Let's have some fun with it.
updated by @amaya: 07/04/17 11:10:17PM