Archetypes can be defined as the primordial modes of being, sets of behavior, or energies that we as humans occupy on both biological and psychological levels. Archetypes were largely explored and described by psychiatrist Carl Jung.

The second Jungian masculine archetype we are covering in this series is The Warrior. It is the most misunderstood archetype in our culture, often connected with unnecessary violence and tyranny. However, in its full expression, The Warrior is needed in order to bring about productive change in the world. We discuss  how this archetype manifests in its childhood and mature versions, and talk about its different variations like The Hero, The Grandstander Bully, The Coward,  The Sadist and The Masochist.

“A man who is obsessed with his success has already lost.”

In This Episode Of Future Thinkers:

  • Characteristics of The Warrior archetype
  • Aggression as the positive trait — making effort to succeed, being assertive, and having initiative
  • Shadow version of The Warrior in childhood — The Grandstander Bully
  • How The Hero manifests in childhood and adulthood
  • The suppressed aggression in The Nice Guy
  • Why today’s society sees no need for aggression and actively discourages it
  • The Warrior as a force of creative destruction
  • The highest traits of this archetype — discipline, focus, open awareness, adaptability, humility
  • The Sadist and The Masochist as dysfunctional polarities of The Warrior
  • Examples of warriors from popular films and culture
  • How to integrate this archetype in a pro-social and productive way
The Warrior is asserting his will to live, to survive and to move forward. In his full manifestation he does so in pro-social ways - he fights for other people, for the well-being of the whole. - @EuvieIvanova Click To Tweet

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“There is an idea that aggression in unnecessary. In this age of having such a powerful Western structure, all your limits are well defined and not always for the good of you and the society. The only thing that could change that is pure will, the willingness to stand up and fight. Power structures don’t move willingly, they move with enough force and aggression from enough people.” – Mike Gilliland

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