Masculine Archetypes Test
Based on the work of Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
In their book, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, the Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette sought to show that mature masculine energies are not abusive or domineering but generative, creative, and empowering. They believed that all wholesome and mature masculinity was made up of an admixture of the four archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover.
What are your masculine energies? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.
Question 1 of 20
I am willing to try out new things without being blind to possible risks and pitfalls associated with doing so.
The IDRlabs Masculine Archetypes Test (IDR-MAT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-MAT is based on the work of Dr. Robert Moore, Ph.D. and Douglas Gillette, who wrote the book, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine. The IDR-MAT is not associated with Robert L. Moore, Douglas Gillette, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, or any other affiliated psychoanalysts, researchers, organizations, or institutions.
The IDRlabs Masculine Archetype Test was informed by the book, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, which was authored by Jungian psychoanalyst Robert L. Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette in 1991. Dr. Moore and Gillette proposed that, unlike its stereotype, masculinity is not domineering or abusive but generative, empowering, and creative. Their book draws on Carl Gustav Jung’s psychoanalytic theory; one of Jung’s concepts is the "collective unconscious" — a realm of perpetual knowledge which connects each one of us; hence, it is directly accessible by anyone. It is hypothesized that each man can have access to the four masculine archetypes (universal thought patterns and behavior) which are found in the collective unconscious: The King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover.
Based on vast historical and mythological literature, Dr. Moore and Gillette identified four salient mature masculine archetypes: the king, the warrior, the magician, and the lover. These four are not personality types, but rather energies of varying levels which constitute men’s personalities. The king emanates justice and creativity; the warrior exudes virile action; the magician initiates and transforms; the lover has the ability to connect with others. Dr. Moore and Gillette explained that, among men, psychological issues may be caused by not having appropriate access to these archetypes. Hence, both young and adult males should strive to be healthily in touch with these four mature masculine archetypes.
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