New Article: The Roots of the Pearson-Marr Archetypes

Thursday, December 16, 2021

My association with Storywell is truly the gift that keeps giving to all of us. I recently received an email from them with a link to an article written by Kesstan Blandin PhD, Vice President of Research and Development at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT).

Here’s a snippet of the article to whet your appetite. May this work help connect you to your truest self, and may this season of light bring you joy, peace, and hope!

The 12 Heroic Characters of the Pearson-Marr System

Google the phrase 12 archetype characters and the PMAI® characters will come up in some form, though credit is typically not given to Carol Pearson or the Pearson-Marr system. The names of some archetypes may be different, e.g., Realist is Everyman, Warrior is Hero, but the 12 archetypes everyone is familiar with emerge from Pearson’s original work beginning in the 1980s. Building on her initial work Pearson collaborated with Hugh K. Marr to create the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® assessment, culminating in her newest book, What Stories Are You Living? Discover Your Archetypes–Transform Your Life (2021).

To live your archetypal narratives powerfully, it helps to know the roots of these ideas.

In this article, we get back to the basics and discuss the distinctions between Carol Pearson’s archetypal characters, C. G. Jung’s archetype theory, and Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, the two theorists that she built her original work on. Many qualities make Pearson’s work stand out, and one is the depth of scholarship that backs up the PMAI system. To live your archetypal narratives powerfully, it helps to know that the roots of these ideas have been thought about rigorously by many thinkers.  

We wish you peace and joy in the holiday season and look forward to continuing this conversation in the new year. For that special person in your life, give the gift of self-understanding through the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator®️ assessment. Order today!

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