What Is An Archetype? 7 Things It Can Reveal About Your Personality

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Personality tests and astrology are so popular because they're not only fun, but they can help you figure out why you are the way you are. People are complex and personality tests can simplify things for you. But if you know your birth chart in and out and you've read everything there is to read about your Myers Briggs Personality type, there's another thing out there that basically combines the two, so it may be time to find out what an archetype is.

"Archetypes are a starting point for unearthing your motivations and lessons," Cara Kovacs, NYC-based oracle, tells Bustle. "It's more a label than anything else to help you understand where your truth lies in different parts of your life."

They were originally conceptualized by Plato, then developed by psychoanalyst Carl Jung. "Caroline Myss, who's methodology I practice, made them into what is essentially the spiritual version of a Myers-Briggs personality test," Kovacs says.

There are about 100 different archetypes you can choose from, and a specialist like Kovacs can help you narrow it down so you can discover you inner truths. Think of it as an intense spiritual personality test with a bit of therapy thrown in there. Because when you're trying to discover why you do the things you do, it's going to get a little real.

"Unearthing your truest motivations can help you make choices for your highest good," Kovacs says. "This process is for people on their truest journey to self-inquiry. It is real, deep, sometimes uncomfortable, but one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself."

So here are some questions your archetype can help to answer, according to Kovacs.