Introduction to Male Archetypes
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act ii, Scene vii
Male Archetypes are one of the primary tools of self-development that I am constantly applying to my own life through my work with other men. An archetype is a societal meme-or non-genetic method of collective imprinting-transcending conscious thought and expresses universally recognizable identities onto individuals. Great thinkers like Plato, William Shakespeare, Carl Jung, and others have served as guides to a general understanding of archetypes while Robert Moore’s work particularly inspires us by identifying and providing the essential framework to discuss these four archetypes in detail. Our current society lacks clearly defined roles for men that are effective and evolutionary. Fortunately, we have an ancient and natural-symbolic programming language that we can use to conceptualize the roles that we have as men in the world. By familiarizing yourself with these archetypes and internalizing the qualities they represent, you can more fully embody the balanced expression of the best archetype for each situation you may encounter.
See the 4 main Archetypes: