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Archetypes: Who Are You?

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Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people, ideas, or productsand turned off by others? Are you constantly searching for something you can’t put your finger on, or wondering whether you are living a life that truly fits?

In Archetypes, New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss delves into the world of archetypes, which have been the subject of her wor
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Hay House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 26, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was ok
In "Archetypes" Myss provides some interesting broad categories of personality types. She aims her book toward women. The categories make sense and provide some insight concerning what motivates people. She also gives her thoughts on the pitfalls inherent in each orientation as well as what their strengths are.

There's nothing terrible or wrong thinking about the book but I think others have provided better information for instance enneagrams especially as outlined by Risso in Personality Types:
Esma Tezgi
Aug 01, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it liked it
Kitabı arka kapak yazısından etkilenip almıştım açıkçası beklediğim gibi çıkmadı. Yazar arketipleri güzel ele almış ancak bazı arketipler biraz sığdı, sanki biraz daha üzerine uğraşılmalıydı. Arketipler düzenliydi ve güzel anlatılmış özellikle önerilerde yazar çok güzel kısımlara değinmiş. Dili akıcıydı, yazarın örneklerle konuyu anlatması da kitabı sıkıcı olmaktan kurtarmış. Kolay okudum, sıkılmadım, özellikle hoşuma giden yerlerde basit bulduğum yerler de oldu. Eğer arketiplere ilginiz varsa ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Yaaresse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yaaresse by: heard about on podcast
Anyone looking for Archetypes to serve up a scoop of Jung or Greek mythos is going to be sorely disappointed. Anyone expecting deep thought about what makes people tick will be equally disappointed. Anyone looking for the kind of no-nonsense straight talk Myss dished out in Why People Don't Heal or Anatomy of Spirit is really going to be disappointed.

This book seems to exist primarily as a lead-in to yet another social networking site -- as if the world really needs another one of those -- base
Sarah Ansani
I didn't care too much for this book. Prior to reading the book, I visited the website to see what the test consisted of and what archetypes I possessed. Taking the archetype test was no more complicated than a Cosmopolitan quiz that tells you where you rank on the kinky scale. I thought that the test was obvious and poorly created. Also, I felt that the archetypes themselves didn't allow ENOUGH wiggle-room for other personality traits to exist within any specific archetype. I ...more
house targaryen
Apr 21, 2013 house targaryen rated it did not like it
Eh. I don't want to choose my personality type from a list where "Fashonista" is an option. (Isn't 'Fashonista' the absence of personality - or at the very most a hobby?) Would rather have a more scientific basis. But it may be good for some people who are just starting the journey.

For me The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types was more useful/relevant. This is just way too fluffy for me. No real way to choose your type
Feb 07, 2013 JoAnn rated it liked it
I love Caroline Myss' writing. I find her deeply thoughtful, always offering up new topics and/or new ways to approach what we think are old topics. I've read Sacred Contracts, but found the self-investigative work exhausting (this, from someone who has made a life of understanding herself deeply!). TAKE THE ONLINE QUIZ!!! Start there. It will give you answers in a nano-second that would otherwise take you hours to get to, and some of those answers might be different because your innate biases ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
I've always loved and understood archetypes, so I enjoyed the personal application of them to my life and personality. (For the record, I am an Artist, a Caregiver, and an Intellectual.) I think that the writing style was very accessible and objective, however, I did miss the author's personality a little. I do think that the objectivity was appropriate, though, or else it would have felt like she was imposing her personal philosophy on me.

As it is, I really enjoyed this book and resonated read
This book is formed on a somewhat incorrect premise. There are personality types, which is what the Meyers-Briggs Test or the Enneagram measure, and there are archetypes, which represent an idea, or blueprint for what we wish to be. We do not fit into archetypes, rather, we choose archetypes. Other people can perceive you as an entirely different archetype than what you would choose for yourself. Actors are often cast in terms of archetype.

In addition, some of the archetypes in this book seem re
Fack You
Feb 28, 2013 Fack You rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Repetitive, nothing new... I felt a slight twinge of feminism in the writing, and it was all kind of the same for every archetype. There were only a couple that I actually thought were appealing, so obviously, I didn't read all of them. The whole thing feels like it was written in about 2 seconds, mostly copied and pasted, and you would expect better quality for a hardcover book that's popular in current non-fiction. All the information in the book I could have found online for free.
Jun 08, 2013 Lori rated it it was ok
interesting, but not "revolutionary"...could easily pick out some of my friends! lol But I'm a "mutt" of an archetype!Took all of a hour to absorb...!
Aisha M.Msc.
Aug 25, 2015 Aisha M.Msc. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read

As always, Caroline Myss provides guidance and insight into not only our minds but our spirit. My fav author this year!!!

Dec 08, 2016 Jaymi rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, 2016
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from

Carl Jung defines archetype as an ancient, or archaic image, which derives from the collected unconscious. Archetypes help us identify themes and learn ways to connect to the world around. I'm a tarot reader, and in tarot, archetypes are important. Which is why I was curious to read Archetypes by Caroline Myss. This book introduces the reader to archetypes "and how they affect every aspect of our life." Myss describes 10 core familie
Mar 27, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
**Who are you?**

Obviously, that’s not the easiest question to answer, and one that hangs in the background for much of our lives. Although self-discovery is an infinite and ongoing process, many systems and approaches have been created to help us define and understand just who the heck we are. This book looks at how archetypes have contributed to that self-discovery quest:
“The language of archetypes is the universal language of the human soul, psychically uniting us all through what the Swiss
Jan 24, 2013 Iola rated it it was ok
I’ve always been interested in the way different personalities and types react to things in different ways, and I downloaded Archetypes because I thought would provide a psychologically-based analysis of personality types (in a similar vein to the populist literature about the MBTI, for example, which would be useful for author friends in developing personalities, motivations and conflicts for their characters. And, I admit, there was a slight interest in wondering what Archetype I might be, and ...more
Tim Larison
Nov 14, 2015 Tim Larison rated it really liked it
When I first picked up Carolyn Myss’ new book “Archetypes: Who are you?” I asked myself, do I really need another tool to examine what makes me tick? I’ve studied the enneagram, myers-briggs, psychology, and other introspective methods. What makes archetypes any different?

I’m glad I quieted my inner skeptic and read Myss’ book. What I found was a fascinating look at human nature through different personality profiles: The Artist/Creative, the Caregiver, the Intellectual, the Rebel, and others (1
M. Jane Colette
Sep 24, 2016 M. Jane Colette rated it it was ok
I found this book very difficult to get into and to treat seriously.

I have the highest respect of Caroline Myss's work and I know a number of people hugely impacted by Sacred Contracts.

I really struggled with the presentation and approach of this one.
Sandy Graham
Feb 18, 2013 Sandy Graham rated it liked it
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Archetypes offers an easily adopted new approach to our age old quest to better understand ourselves and thereby live a fuller life.

In recent decades, techniques for describing human behavior have evolved such as Type A/Type B, left brain/right brain, analytic/impressive/driver/social operating styles and so on. Archetypes offers a new paradigm in evaluating what makes us the way we are and how we can parlay that into a fuller, more satisfying life.

JR Hassett
Feb 26, 2013 JR Hassett rated it really liked it


By Caroline Myss
Psychology, Inspirational, Health & Healing

Archetypes – might be described as a different approach to defining characteristics and personalities. Wikipedia defines it several ways, including in Psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior. is a place where you can answer a few questions and receive a list of those archetypes you match. With life so confusing these days, many have no sense of who they are
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 25, 2013 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
"Archetypes: Who are you?" is an interesting look at various archetype, or sort of types of people that there are in the world. Myss' premise is that by understanding what archetype you are, you can unlock some more of your potential. This book looks at 10 archetypes and interestingly enough, this book is only focused on women and archetypes for women. This is not mentioned in the book blurb on the flap of the book. Luckily, I'm a woman and therefore, I got something out of this book but if ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing
I can't believe the book Archetypes: Who Are You? hovers at only near 3.5 stars.

This is a brilliant book in my estimation. You can go on to take the quiz to discover your Top 3 archetypes. Others other than the 10 detailed in the book are listed at the end of the book in a gallery of archetypes.

Everyone should read Archetypes: Who Are You? because it's one of the prime ideas about fulfilling your destiny by doing your soul's work while you're here on earth.

Oprah Winfrey was q
Jul 30, 2015 Rose marked it as to-read
Shelves: default

Archetypes: Who Are You? by Caroline Myss shows us ten main archetypes of our time. This book shows us the ten main archetypes that have more specific ones under them. For instance the main 'Caregiver' archetype covers also the Mother, Teacher, and Healer archetypes among others.

If you have read Sacred Contracts also by the same author I believe this book could be used as a companion to it. This book makes it very simple to find your archetype by giving us a website ( to go t
Andy Nieradko
Mar 27, 2013 Andy Nieradko rated it it was amazing
I received a free review copy of this book from Hay House, wasn't paid or influenced in any way. My honest opinion of this book is that it is a 5 star read. One of the things I really like about Caroline Myss is that she pulls no punches. If you're looking for spiritual truth and universal laws, you won't get them with a candy coating and side dish of "woo woo" from her. Archetypes is a fantastic book, and a subject she has put years of thought and study into. If you've ever had that feeling ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Thorny rated it liked it
I guess somehow I thought this book would help me as a writer and storyteller, to look through the human prism and be able to better spot who is how and why. Actually it's more of a self-help book which leans further left politically than I would like (the author thinks that the Arab Spring was a good and noble cause led by members of the Rebel archetype), seems to cater mostly to women with only a few paragraphs about each type for men, and is much more attuned to New Ageism than this ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
I found this book to be rather disappointing. In all fairness, I probably had too high of expectations for it. The last book I read by Myss, "Anatomy of the Spirit," was absolutely wonderful. Additionally, I am completely fascinated by the study of archetypes and symbols. So, naturally I thought this would be a profound and insightful book. In my opinion, however, there are much better books out there on archetypes, but I like books that delve into the historical and literary manifestations of ...more
Janastasia Whydra
Aug 06, 2013 Janastasia Whydra rated it did not like it
Caroline Myss's Archetype: Who Are You? is essentially a "self-help" book that redefines stereotypes and packages them as archetypal behaviors. It's borderline sexist with "intentions" of defining archetypes for males and females, but the text targeted women and perpetuated society-assigned gender roles. Without using citations or research to support herself, Myss argues you are born with your archetype, nature beats out nurture, and ultimately you do not have to take personal responsibility for ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Rod rated it really liked it
Needless to say, I recognized myself in several of the "basic people types" listed and described in this book. That's fairly easy: They're painted in rather broad strokes. But still, a lot of the basic observations and advice in this book are well thought-out and well-placed. My favorite things (I think) were the examples of situations and activities which are "energy builders" and which are "energy sappers" for each of the archetype personalities. If I found a flaw, it's that nowhere does she ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Janine rated it liked it
Myss upgraded archetypes for our 21st century mind, couching it in a narcissistic perspective for those who still need to discover who they are. Yes, I've read Joseph Campbell, Jung and others who explore this, but I was feeling stale in my approach to developing characters, so...

This read like archetypes lite seen through a new age haze. It lacked the depth I crave with an unwelcome layer of 'all about me, me, me'. New labels do not an archetype make. Still it freshened my perspective about bui
Jul 05, 2013 Phyllis rated it liked it
I liked the book but was a little disappointed in it and I can't really put my finger on why. I couldn't pick out my archetype after reading the whole book so I went to the website the book recommended and took the quiz. I found out I have parts of three main archetypes, so no wonder I was having a hard time. Then after moving about the website I was glad I read the book first because a reader gets so much more detailed information on the ten main archetypes. The combination of the book and the ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Myss is a medical intuitive, but has also done a lot of work with archetypes. In her book Sacred Contract, she lists about 50 or so, and has released a deck, sort of like a tarot deck, to help you see what your archetypes are. She now adds 10 new ones which reflect our changing society. I recommend the book, and the deck is really fun, you can flip through and pick out the ones that are "you." Her theory is that we all have the same 4, and you need to find your other 8 throughout your ...more
Randy Daugherty
Sep 27, 2013 Randy Daugherty rated it liked it
I picked this up just for something to read. Archetype by Caroline Myers is another book helping to give you insight into your personality and characteristics. With this knowledge then you can learn to make better choices and decisions as to the direction of your life. The book is mainly center on the female and just a little devoted towards the male. This would have been better had there been a more balanced approach.
The book was interesting though I think there are better books on this subject
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Caroline Myss was born on December 2, 1952 in Chicago, and grew up with her parents, and two brothers, one elder and one younger, in the Melrose Park, Illinois neighbourhood near Chicago. Caroline was raised a Catholic, and attended the Mother Guerin High School, River Grove, Illinois, run by the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in ...more
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