Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 4: 30 Day Story Challenge. Character Development

The Twelve Common Archetypes

Dr. Carl Jung defined twelve primary types that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul and Self. The types in each set share a common driving source, for example types within the Ego set are driven to fulfill ego-defined agendas. We have traits from several of the archetypes at play, however, one type tends to dominate the personality. 

The Ego Type
  • Innocent 
  • The Every Person / The Orphan
  • The Hero
  • The Caregiver

The Soul Type
  • The Explorer
  • The Rebel
  • The Lover
  • The Creator

The Self Type
  • The Jester
  • The Sage 
  • The Magician
  • The Ruler

A lot of a character's development happens behind the scenes, and even if details about a character are not in the story, it is important for a writer to know their character intimately, they often decide a character's decisions and actions.

Séamus is a combination of Hero - Explorer - Sage:

Motto: Where there's a will, there's a way
Core desire: to prove one's worth through courageous acts
Goal: expert mastery in a way that improves the world
Greatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a "chicken"
Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible
Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight
Talent: competence and courage

The Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.

Motto: Don't fence me in
Core desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the world
Goal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life
Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness
Strategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom
Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit
Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one's soul

The explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.

Motto: The truth will set you free
Core desire: to find the truth.
Goal: to use intelligence and analysis to understand the world.
Biggest fear: being duped, misled—or ignorance.
Strategy: seeking out information and knowledge; self-reflection and understanding thought processes.
Weakness: can study details forever and never act.
Talent: wisdom, intelligence.

The Sage is also known as: The expert, scholar, detective, advisor, thinker, philosopher, academic, researcher, thinker, planner, professional, mentor, teacher, contemplative.


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