Fatherhood is a state of relating to others. It is the desire to teach, protect and guide those whom one has adopted as children. Fatherhood in my mind has little to do with dominance, paternalism and punishment, and more to do with confidence, humility and compassion. Indeed the archetype of the Father can be at turns strict (when necessary) and playful (when appropriate) and this is what pushes the child toward holistic growth and development.Read More
What do Mother Theresa, Howard Hughes and The Wicked Witch of the West all have in common?
They are all archetypal roles (Sorry to disappoint you if you were waiting for a really great punchline)
People play out archetypal roles all the time and they are often unaware. You can play them out positively or negatively, sometimes both at the same time. They are like energetic and communal social roles that were necessary for early civilizations to survive. It's like a social overlay onto one's personality Somebody had to be the warrior, the server, the priest or shaman, etc.Read More