Coping with Change: Archetypal and Individual Therapy

Today I would like to welcome Chris Davis, Head Writer at Thank you Chris for such an insightful article on change which is something we all experience at sometime in our lives.

Cliché as it sounds, but the famous adage that change is the only thing constant
in this world is undoubtedly real. Given how things constantly move back and forth,
change is definitely inevitable.For instance, change can happen anytime. From being stuck, one can rise up, and from being on top, one can experience a drastic fall. No matter how we try to avoid it, change happens. But the thing is, change can be both good and bad, positive and negative. Because change simply means a transition or movement, the direction is never pre-determined for us.

If change is constant and uncertain at the same time, it poses an important
question: how do we cope with it?In a fast-paced world, people who are unable to adapt to change are left behind.We usually see this in the case of old people who refuse to see that technology is an essential part of everyday living. For instance, we see them wasting time by not utilizing online banking and management of monetary assets.

Inversely, people or groups who utilize change benefits from it. We can see this
in the trend of replacing employees with automated machines to take orders in a fast-
food joint. This points to an important idea – that if we are able to adapt to change, we can definitely capitalize on it. So how do we do it then?

As we analyze change itself, we realize that it is not entirely transitional. Our
trash, for instance, can be converted into goods or even energy by attacking their
molecular structure. Yet in reality, it somehow retains its thingness, prompting that
nothing is ever truly gone.

In this case, we ask: what is the thing that is retained within us when we experience a
change in our lives?

The answer is simple: our archetypes.
Since our archetypes reside in the collective unconscious, it remains untouchable
in connection to change. As a shared universal response, these archetypes are with us
from the beginning to beyond. If they were to change, it would only be on the way they manifest themselves.

Thus, in essence, archetypes retain their core. Because they go beyond our
sphere of existence, they are practically immutable yet eternally changing. For instance, the hero archetype may manifest itself as saving towns from the giant serpents of the sea. And while that may not be the case now, the hero still manifests itself through firefighters who risk their lives to save others. Though different in manifestation, their essence is the same. Since the hero is still there, it only shows that such can be present in many ways, more than what we know of. With that, we have our answer to our questions above. How do we cope with change? Simple – we use our archetypes as our foundation. In this way, we are practically doing
what is called as self-therapy.

As Karen Horney argues, self-therapy can be far superior to the one being done
with a therapist. Since the therapist is distant from us, it will take months if not years of conversations to get a good grasp of who we are. However, we, as individuals, know
ourselves better than anyone else. As long as we are able to surpass the challenge of
doing individual therapy, we’ll surely yield the results we want. And so, we ask: what are these archetypes and how can they help us cope with change? Because archetypes are shared universal responses that stem from the collective unconscious, it will inevitably help us with change. As it provides footing on who we are, the whole therapy process becomes far simpler given that as long as we know our archetype, we’ll have a good grasp of what to do next.

Given such, here’s a brief list of the 12 archetypes and their meaning.

  1. Caregiver – you live your life in order to help others. Thus, by placing them first,
    you’ll find meaning and happiness.
  2. Creator – change is something that you want for your desire to create your own
    impact on the world.
  3. Explorer – you are perhaps the most comfortable on change since you already
    understand that life is an adventure.
  4. Hero – change will be a significant factor for you since you’ll undergo endless trials
    to improve yourself.
  5. Innocent – while seemingly stagnant, you yearn for change that brings hope and
    happiness to people.
  6. Jester – you understand change like no one else, that’s why you just choose to
    make fun of it.
  7. Lover – you seek to create a relationship that lasts that’s why you’ll adapt to change
    if necessary.
  8. Magician – you have the power to change the world given that you are bestowed
    with spiritual prowess.
  9. Member – your goal is to dedicate yourself to a worthwhile cause. Thus, you’ll
    change if that’s what it takes to realize the shared goal.
  10. Outlaw – your desire for change can be quite dangerous because of your rebellious
    nature, but you understand that this is needed.
  11. Ruler – you yearn for power in order to change things for the better.
  12. Sage – you are a lover of knowledge and wisdom, giving you a unique purpose in

    With these 12 archetypes, change becomes manageable. Instead of being confused as change ties things up, the archetypes will provide the much-needed balance. By using these archetypes as a fundamental basis of your existence, you’ll be able to surpass all changes that come your way. As long as you embody its concepts and study them, you’ll be able to constantly reapply, such in different situations. Thus, have a little faith. You will make it!

Author Biography:
Chris is a spirituality and meditation enthusiast who writes for, a
personality-testing resource based on Carl Jung’s study of the 12 Jungian archetypes.
He is a firm believer of using self-discovery as a tool for uncovering one’s purpose and
direction. Individualogist has guided thousands of its active members to achieve
transformations and experience success in various aspects of their lives.

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