What is an archetype?

What is an archetype?

Applied Philosophy

Dear Reader,

An archetype is a symbol representing a role or pattern of behaviour within a relationship. It reflects an underlying set of values that I believe always occur in one or more structured multiples of three. Archetypal behaviour can be easier to identify than the underlying value set and therefore may be a more useful modality to effect personal change.

An unlimited number of archetypes exist with varying levels of complexity however there are three core archetypes, each composed of the minimum number of values required to construct an archetype.

The three core archetypes

The first two archetypes, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Healer’, are acquired on our Journey Of Experience and balanced as we pursue the third which represents the highest form of meaning attainable. The greater this sense of meaning a symbol embodies, the more expansive the sense of Self it evokes.

The act of pursuing the third archetype requires that we courageously articulate and accept criticism of our ideas, our emotions, and our values. This attitude of accepting that we may be wrong in our perspective is what gives us the necessary authenticity to more openly pursue difficult conversations in a world where we do not know what is real anymore.


Faithfully yours,

Dr Sasha Kanthan

Professional Facilitator

On Foundations of Healing