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and FDR as Heroes), disruptive (Outlaws Annie Oakley and John Dillinger), or purely magical (Houdini, Jackie O, and Harry Potter); the effect is similar. Such figures seem beyond the powers of the normal person, but they raise the motivating question, Could I do that as well? Children’s stories abound with these figures, but in more subtle form, adults are mesmerized by them as well. Box office hits could include any Indiana Jones film, Goodfellas, and Heaven Can Wait. These archetypes are magnetic, and more: In today’s cultural climate, they are useful as well. Changing times require people who are energized by risk and who want to prove their own capacities through rising to challenge after challenge. The ability to take risks and to persevere to the point that we really accomplish something of consequence results in high self-esteem and social validation. When these archetypes are active in people, they want to take action to have an impact on the world. Emotions related to such aspirations tend to be fiery and energetic, ranging from anger, to ambition, to fierce determination. The Hero, the Outlaw, and the Magician use this energy to leave a thumbprint on the world or to mobilize in order to destroy or transform rigid, enervating structures. If these figures are missing in our personal lives—as they often are—we crave their presence in the marketplace and in the media. In some ways, the distinction between the Hero and the Outlaw rests with history. Benjamin Franklin reminded the U.S. founding fathers, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Had the United States lost the war, the revolutionaries

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Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype