Artistic Direction & Choreography: Karthik Tantri
Archetype – The elements of personality and behaviour
Everyone’s personality contains elements of four major archetypes. These archetypes are the Shadow, the Anima, the Persona & the Self. These archetypes provide models for our behavior and influence the way we think and act. By examining the role of the archetypes in our psyches, we can change our conduct to reach our full potential in life.
The Shadow is personal qualities which we deny, repress or completely ignore. They’re not going away but are being relegated to the unconscious. Here they portray themselves as the Shadow. This archetype is typically described as the psyche’s darker side, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. The wishes or attributes we deny or repress because they are rejected by society & comes back to us in our dreams.
The Anima is the feminine aspect of the unconscious being of a man while the Animus is the male aspect of the unconscious female. Integrated human beings consist of a combination of the energies ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’. They can act in a stereotypical manner when unbalanced.
The Persona is our way of presenting ourselves to the world. The term ‘Persona’ is Latin for ‘mask’. We all have certain ‘masks’ we put on to communicate in a variety of situations on a social level. We may have a Persona work, a Persona family, or even a Persona party. We are creating our Shadow by repressing characteristics that others have not approved of. By contrast, we create our Personas’s by encouraging others to over-develop traits. The Persona also includes an aspect of “pleasing people”.
The wise man/woman archetype often represents the Self. If you dream of a wise figure, it’s an indication that you’re on the right track to achieve that integration.
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