The Creative Family of Archetypes

This month we will continue our exploration of archetypes – the language of the Unconscious mind – by looking at the Creativity Family. There are many different types of members of the Creativity Family from painters to musicians; from writers to poets; and from crafts people to inventors. All are concerned with finding the beauty of form in whichever medium they work in.

The Author, for instance, uses words to describe the essence of beauty, truth and life. The Artist will use art and the Musician music. The Inventor will use machines and the Designer clothes. All share a need and ability to discover beauty in the people and things around them and express that beauty in a way that helps others. They also share a passion to express the extraordinary and inspire others, along with an emotional and psychological need to express themselves. In the shadow aspect, however, they can manifest eccentricity and the madness that accompanies genius – for example Van Gogh. There is also the potential for using their art for negative or destructive effect. Examples of this archetype are Amadeus by Peter Schaffer, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and Gene Kelly in An American in Paris.

The Storyteller relays wisdom or foolishness, mistakes and successes, facts and fiction, tales of love and the impossible, on a plane that is often exaggerated beyond ordinary life but that brings us into contact with our inner being. There is usually an element of entertainment as well. The shadow aspect is lying, exaggeration and inventing a story to conceal something. Examples of the Storyteller archetype Judy Davis as Georges Sand in Impromptu, fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.

Finally, let’s look at the Scribe archetype. Unlike the writer/novelist/author, the Scribe copies existing works rather than creating new ones in order to record and share information. In the shadow aspect, scribes can plagiarise, alter facts and sell information that belongs to others. Examples of the Scribe are Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in All the President’s Men, Holly Hunter in Broadcast News and the shadow aspect portrayed by Sally Field in Absence of Malice.

These are only a small example of possible archetypes within the Creative Family. However, if you want a deeper understanding that these newsletters can give you, or you can’t wait for the next instalments, then I run workshops on archetypes as well as private sessions in person or on Skype and would be delighted to work with you personally. Phone me on 07964 161527 or email me on laurelle@laurellerond.com

Meanwhile, keep observing the behaviour of yourself and those around you. Next month we will be looking at the Spirituality Family of archetypes.

Love Laurelle