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Where do archetypes come from?

This is one of those chicken vs. egg questions.

The description and name of the most common archetypes is credited to Jung, a contemporary of Freud.

But he didn't create them, he discovered them in his patient's brains.

And these common archetypes are not only in our brains, but in all our of stories.

The hero, the outlaw, the king, the wizard, the princess, the joker, etc.

There are 12 major archetypes, and a whole bunch of minor ones.

If you watch enough movies, you'll start seeing similar characters.

So, the question is, did we invent these archetypes, or did they slowly evolve as our brains did?

One theory says they are evolved via "natural selection."

For tens of thousands of years, we told each other stories around the campfire every night.

Most of these were pretty lame, and NOT memorable.

So we didn't remember those.

Some were epic.

Inspiring, motivating.

Those we remembered.

In physical, biological natural selection, every time DNA copies itself, there is potential for mistakes.

Most mistakes don't help much.

But some do.

Those changes, due to the mistakenly copied DNA are KEPT, and become part of the NEW genome, for whatever animal happens to have it.

Stories work the same way.

Each slight change in story, either by a mistake or "creative license" by the caveman telling the story, could be good, or bad, or the same.

Any "good" changes will be kept.

Any "bad" changes won't.

Do this over enough generations, you get the Hero's Journey.

Filled with archetypes.

For example, a common archetype that is alive and well today is the "hero-outlaw" type.

Han Solo, Rhett Butler, The "Man With No Name," played by both Clint Eastwood (westerns) and Toshiro Mifune (samurai).

The guy who's normally a bad guy, but switches to the good guy because the "cause" is strong enough.

(This is why it's critical that Han actually shot first).

Another common archetype is the undefeatable "loner."

He's mostly a good guy, but when he needs to be, he can switch into killer mode.

James Bond is a good example.

In fact, James Bond is such a "pure" archetype that the James Bond franchise, and ALL the spy movies that emulate him has been around for GENERATIONS.

The ultra resourceful, unshakable, potential killer with a strong set of inner values.

If this guys on your team, you can't lose.

If he's coming after you, you'd better hide.

One "modern" archetype who is relatively new is the romantic male character.

Sure, there were plenty of romantic types in the past, but that romantic type is always a SUBSET of a much stronger character.

Today, the romantic types have NOTHING else.

Spineless, goofy, hopeless romantic types that do nothing but chase their ladies.

Some say this is the "new" way of acting like a man.

But human nature does not change.

Which archetypes do you want to identify with?

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