Archetype of the Athlete

This archetype is not about whether we are athletic in an external sense, but about the dedication, the strength or drive to succeed we can tap into in our everyday, our working life and our personal urge to change. A handicapped person who challenges themselves to positively meet life with a smile and vigour is as much tapping into the athlete archetype as an Olympic winner. This also connects with people who change the health and state of their body through continued exercise and good living.

The archetype can also be a wonderful role model for other people, and sometimes with it well developed they become teachers of skills to others. They can act as a ‘show you how’ person.

The negative side of the archetype is the attitude that leads a person to use their strength of body or purpose to bully, threaten or injure others. It may manifest as a form of showing off how strong, powerful or sexual you are; or at least posing as such.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Does this influence enter my life in a strengthening way or as an urge to dominate or impress others?

If the athlete archetype is acting positively in me, what particular qualities is it bringing to me and how can I enhance or continue to develop them?

See active imagination or acting on your dream.

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