Sunday, March 13, 2011

Emotional Exploration Of The Empath

As an Empath, I've always been fascinated with the complete array of emotions that exist and can be expressed within the human life cycle.  Watching as emotions, whether consciously realized or not, beget actions and reactions.

I believe, for our own personal benefit and development, it is very important to have an understanding of all of these emotions and how we are affected by them, because we tend to be so sensitive toward them.  So let's take a look at them, so that we can learn to identify each emotion and it's meaning, as well as, how it affects us, as Empaths.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Empaths: The Hero's Journey

A lovely woman asked me recently for a story about something called "The Hero's Journey".  And this got me thinking about how this archetype applies to those who are Empaths.  So I thought it might be interesting to explore this topic in more detail.  So let's delve into it a bit, shall we?

The Archetype

Firstly, before we delve deeper into this subject, we must understand exactly what an archetype is.  Wikipedia describes it as:
An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior. 
In philosophy, archetypes since Plato at least, refer to ideal forms of the perceived or sensible things or types. 
In the analysis of personality, the term archetype is often broadly used to refer to

  1. a stereotype—personality type observed multiple times, especially an oversimplification of such a type,
  2. an epitome—personality type exemplified, especially the "greatest" such example
  3. a literary term to express details.
Archetype refers to a generic version of a personality. In this sense "mother figure" may be considered an archetype and may be identified in various characters with otherwise distinct (non-generic) personalities. 
Archetypes are likewise supposed to have been present in folklore and literature for thousands of years, including prehistoric artwork. The use of archetypes to illuminate personality and literature was advanced by Carl Jung early in the 20th century, who suggested the existence of universal contentless forms that channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes.
In essence, an archetype is a prototype or model from which something is based.  As it said, an archetype is a generic form used to represent personalities.