Identification and Educational Use of the Gifts and Curses Hidden in Childhood Heroes
A PATTERN FOR LIFE: During our childhood growth and learning, most of us identified with role models and ideals based on a favorite hero or a character in a story. Those views of life become our personalities and lifestyles. We can understand some of our habits through identifying those old traditional or archetypal patterns. At that point we can question whether they reflect our true ideals and goals and avoid self-sabotage. The study guide walks you through keeping the gifts and removing the invisible curses you carry unconsciously as a result of what was missing in how you were scripted. DISSOLVING THE LIMITATIONS: As in most tales, the efficacy of the fable or the character is not universal and, therefore, inherently provides strengths while it also disempowers by exclusion. We can strengthen ourselves by learning how we recognized positive qualities and developed them. We can also reveal how the archetype or role model illustrates our limitations and continues to hold us back by fooling us into believing we also possess and are limited by the missing or under-developed aspects of the personality or the lifestyle in the story. Some people have a group of characters that illustrate one archetype such as in the superhero: Superman, The Hulk, Batman or Spider Man. Some people may not have bonded with a tale and, instead, had a pattern of play, outdoor adventures or of favorite games as the first archetypal role. PREPARING OUR CHILDREN: Through learning how our own childhood influences affected our life scripts, we may also learn how to select recreation, television, books and movies to school our children. Through the stories, myths and role models they experience, we can help ensure their self-esteem, character and success with abilities in all aspects of a good life: self-confidence, motivation, intimacy and competency. Heroes and heroines can be our source of greatness and happiness.
Learn more by watching Heather Carlile’s You Tube video: Life Scripts from Role Models
What are Your Role Models? Scripts? Archetypes?
To name the roles you have developed, think about your special talents and skills, the different parts of your life, the various people and circumstances, the hobbies and activities you prefer. This is the ‘wardrobe’ you have to choose from so far as you travel along your life’s journey.
EXAMPLES: Here are some examples of the hundreds of possible archetypes.
Teacher, Seeker, Warrior, Soldier, Crime Fighter, Amazon, Mercenary, Soldier of Fortune, Gunslinger, Samurai, Father, Mother, Writer, Storyteller, Minstrel, Narrator, Dramatist, Student, Disciple, Devotee, Follower, Apprentice, Alchemist, Visionary, Dreamer, Prophet, Seer, Guide, Engineer, Designer, Healer, King, Emperor, Ruler, Chief, Queen, Joker, Clown, Knight, Princess, Damsel, Minister, Judge, Critic, Examiner, Mediator, Ambassador, Diplomat, Go-Between, Arbitrator, Liberator, Martyr, Mentor, Master, Counselor, Tutor, Hermit, Lover, Courtesan, Athlete, Dancer, Priestess, Femme Fatale, Flirt, Siren, Circe, Seductress, Enchantress, Grouch, Inventor, Musician, Advocate, Avenger, Attorney, Defender, Legislator, Lobbyist, Environmentalist, Thief, Con Artist, Robin Hood, Vampire, Beauty, Beast, Don Quixote, Dulcinea, Wife, Husband, Rebel, Trickster, Martyr, Midas, Miser, Monk, Nun, Celibate, Hermit, Wizard, Magician, Scientist, Consumer, Glutton, Workaholic, Healer, Wounded Healer, Intuitive Healer, Caregiver, therapist, Analyst, Hero, God, Adonis, Goddess, Heroine, Gossip, Networker, Guide, Guru, Crone, Spiritual Director, Evangelist, Preacher, Fool, Servant, Slave, Gambler, Curmudgeon, Angel, Fairy Godmother/Godfather, Savior, Messiah, Psychic, Shaman, Exorcist, Architect, Builder, Schemer, Beggar, Homeless Person, Indigent, Hedonist, Bon Vivant, Chef, Gourmet, Sybarite, Mystic, Wise Woman/Man, Wild Man/Woman, Imp, Hero/Rescuer, Bully, Coward, Artist, Actor, Artisan, Crafstperson, Sculptor, Weaver, Addict, Prophet, Rescuer, Laborer, Farmer, Hotelier, Chef, Samaritan, Wanderer, Vagabond, Nomad, Gypsy, Shape-Shifter, Trickster, Physician, Nurse, Sage, Naturalist, Puppet, Explorer, Orphan, Puer/Puella Eternis/Eternal Boy/Girl, Wounded Child, Humorist, Comic, Court Jester, Fool, Companion, Sidekick, Right Arm, Consort, Damsel, Destroyer, Mad Scientist, Spoiler, Detective, Spy, Double Agent, Sleuth, Snoop, Private Investigator, Herald, Messenger, Courier, Journalist, Communicator, Trainer, Gossip, Pioneer, Explorer, Settler, Pilgrim, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Super Hero, Poet, Team Player, Manager, etc.
Begin by circling as many as you like and add the ones which come to mind as well. Then, see if there are categories or groups. Next choose your top twelve or so and then pare them down to six. List them and consider how your skills with each one have been developed. Which ones are fully developed? underdeveloped? developed in the wrong way? What goals would suit you to emphasize the ones which need more attention, skills, knowledge or opportunity?
This can be extremely helpful if you work with children or are a parent. You can guide the child or youth in directions to ensure that they are comfortable in the roles they will need to create a healthy identity and lifestyle.