Archetypes, the latest work from New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss, offers listeners an engaging and illuminating way to better understand themselves and those closest to them. Whether we're aware of it or not, each of us identifies with certain universal myths and symbols, otherwise known as Archetypes. In this new work, Myss covers 10 primary archetypes: Caregiver, Artist, Fashionista, Intellectual, Rebel, Queen/Executive, Advocate, Visionary, Athlete, and Spiritual Seeker. She helps us to determine which archetypes best define us as individuals, laying out each archetype’s unique path, hidden strengths, and potential weaknesses.
By identifying our personal archetypes, we can gain the knowledge necessary to consciously define and live an authentic life that reflects who we really are. Myss also includes suggestions for embracing one's archetype to the fullest, providing tools for avoiding common pitfalls and daily practices for enhancing the positive qualities of each archetype. In addition to the 10 archetypes above, there’s a glossary covering more than 20 sub-archetypes.
Much like highly popular books on the enneagram, Myers and Briggs, and astrology, which also allow people to type themselves, Archetypes is destined to become a classic. Its publication is set to coincide with the launch of a major new social platform, www.ArchetypeMe.com, where users can take a quiz to discover their archetype and find an individualized experience around content and community.
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Not one of Caroline Myss's most teachable moments
Listening to Caroline Myss's previous series on this subject entitled "Sacred Contracts" awakened my soul. I earnestly studied most of her works. I can't help but notice, however, that she has become increasingly cynical and condescending of human nature. I feel that I spend more time listening to her lecture those of us willing to learn and seeking growth about how little we know or can accomplish because of our inadequate courage. I realize that in all of her years as an intuitive and teacher she has encountered many individuals unwilling to act on the information she's offered, but I wish that she would have rather focused her energy on those ready and willing to learn and follow through. Although she still possesses the ability to stir her compassion and surprise us with insightful gems of her expansively wide perspective, far too often she pairs that surprise with a handful of cynical, rigid, and harsh opinions. I love her dearly as a fellow spirit and wish her well, but I think I'm done following her new work.
Taking a step back from the fire of her own experiences and resting a bit longer in the lovely compassion that has guided her work since her earliest days in intuitive energy would have allowed the message to come across with love rather than superiority and anger.
I wholeheartedly recommend her earlier recordings on archetypes. In this work, Caroline Myss contradicts many of her own earlier stated conclusions, but this time she offers no anecdotal or observed reasoning behind the complete contradictions. In "Sacred Contracts," for instance, she discussed archetypes existing in cycles of time and being replaced by new groups of archetypes. In this workshop, however she directly states that once you identify an archetype no effort or circumstance will alter the experience of that archetype for the duration of your lifetime. Whereas she previously offered a plethora of information to explain how she arrived at her theories on "Sacred Contacts," I'm inclined to believe she is frequently venting her anger and frustration at unfulfilled potential among many who've followed her work; or, more realistically, I believe she is railing against her frustration at her own unfulfilled desires.I can not state emphatically enough how much I adore and recommend the breadth of Ms. Myss's work. Since I first heard her in 1998, I've been blessed and pleasantly surprised by the turns she takes in translating her findings into living actions. The applications of her ideas and thoughts on using our energy creatively have literally transformed my life. For that reason, I can not recommend this seminar. I wouldn't want someone to expect this heavy-handed approach to sum up her talent, although she has always been notorious for her snarky style of wit. Please don't let the sentiment that pervades this seminar color your impression of her work as a whole.
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Not the book. Unpleasant 4 hour lecture.
I am very disappointed in this recording. I bought it as it is listed as an unabridged recording of the book "Archetypes" by Caroline Myss and I wanted to do a read/listen approach to this book. It is NOT a reading of this book at all. Myss riffs off the concepts in her book, but it is in NO WAY a recording of the book itself. This was disappointing to me once I realized it.
Additionally, Myss was disappointing to me. She is impassioned and engaged in her presentation, which I enjoyed, but she is also often judgmental, occasionally righteous, and sometimes downright offensive. She belittles some religious beliefs and/or practices of both Christianity and what she calls "Paganism" (worshipping the Egyptian goddess Isis), neither of which sat well with me. Additionally, she comes across several times as angry and aggressive and I could almost hear her pointing her finger at the listener as she uses "YOU!" frequently and rarely includes herself in anything she is suggesting making it sound as though she has figured life out and we are just the poor sots who are still attempting to do something with our lives.
I kept listening thinking it might improve. I was excited when after two hours we got to the archetypes part, thinking she would talk about...archetypes. Instead, she talked about how she was or wasn't this archetypes and tell random non-related stories where I would listen forgetting which archetype she was even still discussing. It was so all over the place. When she finished one archetype, I thought to myself, "did she even talk about that one at all?"
I have been interested in archetypes for almost two decades and have spent a significant amount of time studying them as well, so I was very excited to see this listed in Audible's library. Sadly, it did not measure up. While there are moments of good content, for the most part, it felt like 4 hours of being lectured AT by an angry teacher who knows best and doesn't respect what the student might already know as well.
I will be returning the other recording of Myss' that I purchased at the same time I bought this one. I will read her work in book form, but I won't put myself through another listening experience of this sort again.