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Stability Belonging

Independence Mastery

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with square, symmetrically arranged layouts. And, of course, their car of choice is the squarish, safe Volvo. Individuals generally relate to these desires from the archetypal stances of the Caregiver, the Creator, and the Ruler. The Caregiver has a heightened awareness of human vulnerability, but is less focused on concern for him- or herself and more preoccupied with alleviating other people’s problems. (This is why a 12-year-old may feel more confident baby-sitting than staying home alone.) The Creator exerts control by creating a poem, a musical composition, a painting, or a product. Consider the film Shakespeare in Love. Shakespeare is feeling powerless. His career is not going well. He is in love with a woman who has to marry another. So he has a wonderful love affair with her and then takes his feelings and channels them into the writing of Romeo and Juliet. The act of structuring experience into artistic form gives a sense of control and also offers the world great beauty. The Ruler takes control of situations, especially when they seem to be getting out of hand. It is the Ruler’s job to take responsibility for making life as predictable and stable as possible. (The Ruler’s very affect communicates, “I have everything under control.”) Sizing up the human situation as inherently unstable, Rulers put procedures, policies, customs, and habits in place that reinforce order and predictability. The film Elizabeth (a fictionalized version of the life of Queen Elizabeth the First) shows the process by which a young, idealistic woman becomes queen, essentially failing in her role until she learns to embody the Ruler archetype. The Caregiver, Creator, and Ruler find satisfaction in environ-

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Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype