The concept of Archetypes … is derived from the repeated observation that the myths and fairytales of world literature contain definite motifs which crop everywhere. We meet these same motifs in the fantasies, dreams, deliria and delusions of individuals living today.
Archetype is a difficult concept to grasp, but one that can be explained through a simple metaphor. The dry bed of a river is not the river, but it is prepared to carry the water when the rain pours. When the water comes, that bed will give form to the river.
The same happens to the archetypes of the collective unconscious of the human mind. They are prepared to channel the stimuli that rain on its dry bed.
Jung explains the concept of the archetype stems from the recurring observation that myth and the subjects of universal literature encompass well-defined themes constantly reappearing. We find these very same themes in our fantasies and in our dreams. These images are representations of the archetypes, which appear in the psyche of modern man.
The archetypes are housed in the collective unconscious of every human being. They appear to us in different clothing, influenced by our local societies.
We carry many archetypes inside our collective unconscious, dozens, maybe hundreds or thousands. We will discuss some of the most important ones.
Shadow, Persona, Anima, Animus, Hero, Heroine and the Self are some of the most important archetypes housed in the collective unconscious of humanity