I am a big believer in archetypes – not in terms of identification, but because of their powerful symbolism, pointing us to hidden patterns and uncovering beliefs about ourselves.
Archetypes are about “what we always do” and they are a great tool to uncover individual strengths and weaknesses on the path ofself-discovery.
Yesterday my nieces asked me which Disney princess I was. I said I did not know and so they did the quiz with me. I turned out to be ” Pocahontas”.
Pocahontas, the beautiful daughter of Chief Powahatan, is a playful free spirited young woman who knows every tree waterfall and wild creature in her forest home. With a name that means little mischief. Pocahontas loves adventure and excitement. Her curiosity and independance make her a strong girl whose passionate spirit touches and changes all those who know her.’
They said they knew that and I was very flattered.
Later we compared “princesses” and I discovered the distinct archetypal characteristics of the Disney ladies. How clever. It does help indeed to discover hidden patterns of likes and dislikes prevailing in little girls and it does motivate them to touch on their strength, but it also points to the shadow side. Just take free-spirited Pocahontas – who was actually kidnapped and died in captivity in England. So the Pocahontas theme is the pair freedom-captivity and everything in us that supports our search for liberation, but also the fear of independence. It is really interesting also to discover why they prefer a certain character more than another and at that young age it is still relatively easy to pinpoint the origins – as well as individual character traits or talent.
Well, try it out if you like (and let us know who you are) : QUIZ