In working with stories, myth, fairy tales and legends, we are
directly relating to Archetypes.
Gustav Jung first used the term Archetype in 1919.
addition to the personal unconscious, he posited a collective
unconscious which is formed of two components, the Instincts and
the Archetypes. The instincts are impulses which carry out actions
from necessity, and have a biological quality similar to the homing
instincts in bird or dogs barking. Instincts determine our actions.
Yet in the same manner Jung suggests that there are innate unconscious
modes of understanding which regulate our perception itself. These
are the Archetypes. They are inborn forms of ‘intuition’.
have no material existence and reveal themselves only as images.
For example in all ages and cultures mankind imagined itself in
communion with a ‘wise spirit’. One of the most common
forms for this conception is the image of the wise old man found
in innumerable myths and legends. Other Archetypes could be: The
Inexperienced young hero, The beautiful princess, the clever old
queen, the trickster, the useless old king, the witch, the troll,
the nurturing parent, the jealous brother, the loyal friend etc
idea is that we all have all of these Archetypes as a part of
our individual make up - and that we are all able to recognise
and react to these Archetypes whenever we meet them in others.
We are simply born with these inborn forms of intuitions, which
reveals themselves to us in images.
facilitates worshops in the use of archetypes in performance as
well as using archetypes in drama therapy.