What Story Are You Living?: A Workbook and Guide to Interpreting Results from the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator Instrument

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Discover the archetypal patterns and themes that influence daily life with this new and expanded companion guide to the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® assessment. Awaken your unrealized potential and hidden strengths to improve personal and business relationships, find new direction in career planning, or replace unproductive life patterns. Understanding your life story and the decisions you make along the way will help you on the path to a fuller, more satisfying journey. Since the PMAI® instrument is intended to help guide and improve your journey through life, What Story Are You Living? includes the PMAI instrument.
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What People Are Saying

Aryeh Maidenbaum
"Important and creative. An easy method that makes archetypes accessible and meaningful to our daily lives, enabling us to understand the 'myths' we live by . . . and the stories that guide our lives."--(Aryeh Maidenbaum, Director, New York Center for Jungian Studies)
Jeremy Taylor
"A beautifully conceived and important book that can help anyone navigate the dark seas of our less-than-fully-conscious waking lives. Archetypal patterns are revealed with delicate and brilliant clarity, along with wise counsel about how to live these dreams forward."--(Jeremy Taylor, founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Executive Director of the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work (MIPD))
Katharine D. Myers
"What Story Are You Living? shares the 'wisdom of the ages.' Carol Pearson and Hugh Marr's approach to archetypes has been invaluable in both my personal and professional life and will provide a well-structured way for others to use archetypes in their journeys to balance and wholeness"--(Katharine D. Myers, Trustee, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust)
Michael Conforti
"Eminently usable. This important work provides access to the subtle archetypal influences that guide our future development and offers ways for understanding, integrating, and shifting one's archetypal alignments."--(Michael Conforti, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, author, and founder and president of the Assisi Institute for the Study of Archetypal Pattern Analysis)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935652789
  • Publisher: Center for Applications of Psychological Type, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/2007
  • Edition description: CENTER FOR APPS OF PSYCH TYPE, INC(
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Living the Stories in Everyday Life:
Stages and Situations
When we are living a particular story, we tend to see the world from its vantage point. What we notice in the world and what actions we think make sense grow naturally from that story. For example, if a student who is living a Warrior story is having a difficult time with another student, she may react in a strong and challenging way, defending her own position. If this student were living a Caregiver story, however, she might instead show concern for what was causing the other person to be difficult, seeking to understand and reassure. When we develop narrative intelligence, we are able to see why we react the way we do and understand the different assumptions and behaviors of others.
There are a host of characters and situations from which these stories are drawn. Such characters have come to be known as archetypes, and they define basic stories, although for each person the details will be unique. These archetypes can be looked at as guides that help us know when we are on our best path and taking the most appropriate action. Your results from the PMAI help you identify these characters as a way to make sense out of the stories you are living, which allows you to create a richer and more satisfying life.
Many people recognize over time that there is one story that provides the central meaning and purpose of their lives. In addition, other stories are lived out at different times and places. If you think about it, you may notice that different stages of life have offered you new situations, new scenery, new people to be with, even the unfolding of a new storyline. You can see such situations as a stage set, withcostumes and supporting characters that seem to pull you into a story line (the plot to be lived out). Such settings have immense power. For example, you may find that when you go back to visit your parents, particularly if they still live in the house where you grew up and have kept familiar things, that you regress and start acting as you did as a child while you are visiting them. Similarly, when you get a new job in a new place, you may find yourself acting (and maybe even dressing) differently than you did previously and learning new behaviors, skills, and attitudes.
Certain life stages typically place us in situations that invite us into specific narratives.
For example, if you had a very happy childhood, you likely lived the story of the Innocent. Others were caring for you, and you simply had to trust their wisdom, experiment, and learn what to do to succeed. Living this story provided you with a baseline sense of trust and optimism about life. If, on the other hand, your childhood was difficult, you may have lived an Orphan story. This does not mean that you were literally orphaned (although it could). Rather it means that the adults in your life were too distracted, unskilled, or wounded to care for you properly (physically, emotionally, or intellectually). In this case, you may have experienced a story that had as its theme the challenge of coping in a situation of minor or major deprivation or wounding. Likely this would provide a baseline approach to life that was more cautious and realistic, even pessimistic. Or, you might have lived both stories-either sequentially (if your life situation changed) or at the same time (if your experience with the caregivers in your life was mixed).
As you grew older, you may have become less dependent upon your parents and other authority figures, wanting to explore your own identity and the world outside. You might even have become somewhat oppositional, especially in your adolescent years. You might think of this as living a Seeker story, which exemplifies the gifts of independence and identity. At roughly this same time in life, you may have become interested in romance; and so you began living out a Lover's story, developing the gifts of intimacy and sensuality. This may have led to marriage and children, in which case you suddenly needed to live the story of the Caregiver, demonstrating the ability to nurture and even sacrifice for others.
The list of stories we may live at different stages of our lives can go on and on. The major point here is that success in life is often determined by how well we live out these stories, for it is in the living that we develop into mature, responsible, moral, and successful adults.
So many people today talk about the need for character-in public officials, in the heads of corporations, and in the young. However, character cannot be formed by simply enjoining people to act appropriately. We all know from making New Year's resolutions that simply deciding to do or not to do something is not enough to guarantee success. Becoming good, moral, and successful requires knowledge of how to develop the inner qualities that make it easy to do so. Every life situation carries within it a call to live a story that offers experiences that can make us great-or, conversely, bring out what is petty, small, or harmful within us. It is much easier to avoid the slippery slope of life's negative temptations and traps when we can recognize the positive potential within situations.
The stories identified in this book link everyday life with the great, mythic stories that inform what it means to be human. Many people, however, sleepwalk through stories that emerge naturally in certain life stages and life situations, and consequently they lack a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. At worst, living in this unconscious way decreases their ability to gain the gifts associated from living the great stories; leaves them feeling alone with their problems; and decreases their ability to become the kind of mature and wise people capable of making a positive difference to their families, friends, community, and field of work. When people lack the ability to know what story they are living, they also may fail to develop the qualities required to take adult responsibility for the state of their families, communities, and the larger world. When we recognize that we are living a unique personal story, as well as one of the universal great narratives, our lives can be filled with meaning, purpose, and dignity. At the same time, we feel less lonely because we can see that we share commonality with all the people, in all times and places, who have lived through the challenges of that story. Following are two examples of how the PMAI can be used to help you understand and possibly change your story.
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Table of Contents

Preface / ix
How and Why We Live Stories / 1
Example of a Mythic (Archetypal) Story / 3
Living the Stories in Everyday Life: Stages and Situations / 11
Exploring Archetypal Stories / 14
Archetypal Stages of the Journey / 15
The Archetypal Stories and You / 21
Discovering the Gifts of Archetypes / 22
Understanding Archetypes in Others / 23
Recognizing the Shadow Side of Archetypes / 23
Guidelines for Working with Archetypes / 25
Steps for Validating and Understanding
Your Results / 27
Table of Contents
Living the Hero's Journey with Consciousness / 55
The Three Stages of the Hero's Journey / 57
A Spiral Journey / 61
Facing the Challenges of Modern Life / 62
Analyzing Your Heroic Journey / 62
Using Archetypes with Families, Friends,
and Work Teams / 65
Exercises for Working in Groups / 66
Additional Applications / 71
Ethical Use of the Pearson-Marr
Archetype Indicator® / 73
Respect for the Individual / 73
Respect for the Materials / 74
Respect for the Process / 74
Frequently Asked Questions / 77
The Twelve Archetypes / 81
The Innocent / 83
The Orphan / 89
The Warrior / 95
The Caregiver / 101
The Seeker / 107
The Lover / 113
The Destroyer / 119
The Creator / 125
The Ruler / 131
The Magician / 137
The Sage / 143
The Jester / 149
Resources for Expanding Your Skills / 155
Books / 155
The PMAI™ Online / 156
Seminars and Classes / 157
Applications, Case Studies, and Research / 157
Using Archetypes in Organizations / 157
Using thePMAI™ with the OTCI™ / 158
Contact Information / 158
References / 159
Index / 161
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