Type and Archetype

How Archetypes relate to Personality Type

…if the mental processes are the actors in our personal dramas; eight archetypes describe the roles they are called upon to play.

C. G. Jung described some aspects of personality in terms of archetypal roles and images. More recently, the influential San Francisco-based psychoanalyst John Beebe has built upon Jungian theory and his own clinical observations to suggest that each mental process tends to play a specific archetypal role within the personality, depending on the position of the mental process in that type's hierarchy (see The Eight-Process Model of Type).

In other words, if the mental processes are the actors in our personal dramas; eight archetypes describe the roles they are called upon to play. Thus we now have a complete archetypal model proposed for the entire sequence of eight mental processes. These archetypes, as they relate to each of the sixteen personality types, are as follows:

Key: Se = Extraverted Sensing, Si = Introverted Sensing, Ne = Extraverted Intuiting, Ni = Introverted Intuiting, Te = Extraverted Thinking, Ti = Introverted Thinking, Fe = Extraverted Feeling, Fi = Introverted Feeling

Sequence Position ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ ISTP ISFP INFP INTP Beebe's Archetypes
#1 Si Si Ni Ni Ti Fi Fi Ti Hero/Heroine
#2 Te Fe Fe Te Se Se Ne Ne Mother/Father
#3 Fi Ti Ti Fi Ni Ni Si Si Puer/Puella
#4 Ne Ne Se Se Fe Te Te Fe Anima/Animus
#5 Se Se Ne Ne Te Fe Fe Te Opposing Personality
#6 Ti Fi Fi Ti Si Si Ni Ni Witch/Senex
#7 Fe Te Te Fe Ne Ne Se Se Trickster
#8 Ni Ni Si Si Fi Ti Ti Fi Demon/Daemon
Sequence Position ESTJ ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ ESTP ESFP ENFP ENTP Beebe's Archetypes
#1 Te Fe Fe Te Se Se Ne Ne Hero/Heroine
#2 Si Si Ni Ni Ti Fi Fi Ti Mother/Father
#3 Ne Ne Se Se Fe Te Te Fe Puer/Puella
#4 Fi Ti Ti Fi Ni Ni Si Si Anima/Animus
#5 Ti Fi Fi Ti Si Si Ni Ni Opposing Personality
#6 Se Se Ne Ne Te Fe Fe Te Witch/Senex
#7 Ni Ni Si Si Fi Ti Ti Fi Trickster
#8 Fe Te Te Fe Ne Ne Se Se Demon/Daemon

"The DNA is like the TV set; but it doesn't explain where the programs come from."

John Beebe

To learn more about the eight mental processes, we recommend reading Jung's Mental Processes: Building Blocks of Personality Type, Haas and Hunziker, 2006, Unite Business Press, available at www.16types.com. These tables are drawn from that work.