What’s your sign?
Contrary to the scientific sterile perspective that classifies the world into subject and object, I think humans perceive themselves and the surroundings in terms of meaning. There is not a wild animal with sharp teeth, no, there is danger, and only after that, the rational mind intervenes and classify that beast as a lion.
Moreover, due to the fact that our senses collect more information than our brain can analyze, we use patterns. Some are inborned some are formed by culture. Also, I woud call these archyetypal reprezentations. For examples, women and men, these are natural but, outlaw and hero, are the result of our society membership. Stereotypes (another synonym) are good beacuse we can navigate the world more easily, they help us take decisoin and action quicqly, but also are dangerous, they lead to missconceptions and prejudice.
As they say about all good things in life, moderation is the key.
I believe in astrology, I-Ching, Jung archetypes, Ayurveda etc. you name it. I believe that the categories they describe are real. Those were formed after millennials of observations done by generations of individuals and then strained by time. It would be ignorant to ignore this type of knowledge.
For example I find astrology very intersting, cosidering it basically as the result of human’s psychology refelcted in the stars. Some guy looked at blank canvas and throw a part of his persona on that, and then another did the same thing. After the repetition of this experiment by many participants, the common traits are the ones that stayed. As in Campbells’ theory (the monomyth), there is a certain pattern that appears everywhere but the way it manifests is different, the essence is the same.
Haven’t you seen any pattern? For real? Did you ever watch a Hollywood movie?
It is very useful to learn these patterns because they have universal applicability. To illustrate my point better: it is easier to build an authentic brand if you do it to resemble a Jung’s archetypes. Having a clear identity is crucial for both the internal and the external medium (I will stop here because otherwise, I will end up writing a psalm on this). Also knowing the archetypes will help you in your relationships, of any kind, you should speak to people the language they understand.
Let’s focus on you. You should know the patterns you fit into. Temet Nosce (Know Thyself) is an ancient aphorism. Very few people know who they really are. To be honest, I have some ambiguities too when it comes to this. Learn about your type, how it thinks and communicates, learn as much as you can and try to figure out what matches you. Do this if you are afraid to do a real introspection or feel unable to.
If you do not know who you are, if you do not own yourself (metaphorically speaking), your daily life would seem like something strange to you. You should know exactly why you did or think something, you should know why that thing bothered you, you should know what are your core values etc. Additionally, if you cannot admit your flaws and praise your good sides, you will be lost, fade or fake.