King, Warrior, Magician, Lover Test
Based on the work of Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
The King, Warrior, Magician, Lover framework was developed by Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette in an effort to show that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering.
These ideas were put forward in their book, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine which sought to help men reimagine and deepen their understanding of the masculine psyche.
What are your King, Warrior, Magician, Lover energies? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.
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I often neglect pleasurable or leisure activities because I feel other priorities should come first.
The IDRlabs King, Warrior, Magician, Lover Test (IDR-KWMLT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-KWMLT is based on the theory of mature masculinity as written by Robert L. Moore and Douglas Gillette in their book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine. The IDR-KWMLT is not associated with Robert L. Moore, Douglas Gillette, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, or any other affiliated researchers or institutions.
In their book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Robert L. Moore and Douglas Gillette draw on Jungian psychology to hypothesize that being a man means having access to each of the four masculine archetypes – universal behavior and thought patterns that C.G. Jung thought reside in what he called the collective unconscious; a realm of perennial experience that can be indirectly accessed by anyone. Moore and Gillette called these four masculine archetypes the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover.
Moore and Gillette believed that these four adult, masculine archetypes evolve from their boyhood equivalents, and that being an emotionally healthy and balanced man involves strongly being in touch with these four archetypes in a healthy manner. They believed that both the adult and the boyhood archetypes had two closely related psychologically unhealthy varieties, and that having healthy access to a masculine archetype involves avoiding both of these unhealthy extremities.
It must be noted that in Jungian psychology these four archetypes – the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover – are not personality types, but rather constitute the personality of each man: Each is thought to have King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover energy in varying amounts and varying degrees of healthiness. Gillette and Moore believed that, in men, psychological issues typically involved not having proper access to one or more of these four masculine archetypes.
Please be aware that this test is presented for educational purposes only. Online quizzes and questionnaires such as this one are only a first peek at the concept or typology being examined; they cannot offer wholly accurate assessments of any potential personality disorders, nor can they replace the judgment of an actual experienced Jungian analyst. Therefore, this quiz is solely presented for educational purposes. Only qualified mental health professionals are eligible to diagnose individuals.
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