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These are ancient truths about ourselves and others, the core elements of personality that I believe make us fully human. They have been helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives with better relationships for thousands of years. The Archetypes — fire, earth, metal, water, wood — and the way they interact, provide understanding into self-awareness and ultimately self-mastery.

Your assessment results serve as your unique guide to predicting and avoiding obstacles to success by illuminating two things: 1) the precise way you engage with both stress states and balanced states and 2) revealing your unique framework for building resilience. That said, we have all five of the archetypes in our nature. We need them in order to grow. Together they represent the five required forces in our nature that allow us to engage with our environment in a healthy way. They help us succeed in self-care and relationships at work and home. They are not meant to equal 100%.They are meant to be measured each on their own. You will have anywhere from 20% – 99% of each of the five in your results.
Most of us have one archetype in which we scored highest.  Some people have two that are tied as the highest and a small group have three tied for highest.  Your highest type, or primary, is accepted as the way you primarily interact with your internal and external environments throughout your lifetime.  Once you know your primary, or primaries, you exponentially expand your understanding of what motivates your thoughts, needs, behaviors, choices and actions.  This knowledge, along with an understanding of the relationship among all five of your archetypes within your nature allows you to have more impulse control and to be more proactive than reactive across all areas of your life.

Work life is becoming flooded with high-conscious leaders who are ready to step into progressive ways of building sustainable workforces.  Old methods are underperforming.  Suffering only happens when you’re hanging on to old patterns and ways of interacting with your own internal stress patterns and with your interpersonal relationships.  The only way to make a shift is through dedication to a temperament-based systems model that is based in dignity, compassion and creativity.  Otherwise, you will continue to repeat behaviors that keep your people and your company lagging behind.  We’re being called upon to do better than that right now.  In a time of increasing uncertainty, morale is at stake and driving growth requires innovation and transformation that is well beyond what we ever expected to manage. 

Your highest type, or primary, is accepted as the way you typically interact with your internal and external environments throughout your lifetime.  Once you know your primary you exponentially expand your understanding of what motivates your thoughts, needs, behaviors, choices and actions. This knowledge, along with an understanding of the relationship among all five of your archetypes within your nature, allows you to have more impulse control and to be more proactive than reactive across all areas of your life.
Percentages that are altogether on the lower side usually reflect an even keeled temperament; someone who tends to be well-aware, can predict stressful situations, doesn’t go too deep into stress and recovers rather quickly when stress does hit. They tend not to take significant risks in life, playing it more safe in love and at work.
Scores that are all in the higher range usually reflect someone who is more willing to take risks, who is passionate about what they’re good at and equally passionate in their stress states. They may be caught off guard with stressful situations and go deeper into stress states, taking more time to recover as a result.

The Five Archetypes is best for people who want to learn to create rather than react.  It is for progressive individuals and CEOs with transformative visions—the Five Archetypes is a method to liberate you from being stuck in old, one size fits all paradigms that have held you, your relationships or your company back.

Yes!  Your type always matters.  Of course we can all certainly benefit from the consistency that Metal behaviors bring into our lives in the morning and throughout the day. However, certain of us can’t tolerate Metal behaviors well and need to include it with some flexibility. Fire and Wood types need to figure out how to have consistency that doesn’t feel confining or boring. Earth, Metal and Water are less frustrated by precise routine in their lives.
In friendships, you may find that you gravitate toward people who are either your same, or are your nurturing natures (the ones to the left and right of your primary in the cycle). Your nurturer types will feel easier to get along with because you tend to see the world in similar ways. You likely approach time, intimacy, activities and initiatives in a complementary fashion. In love relationships it gets a tad more complicated ;). We do relationship mapping to explore the subtle and overt beauty and challenges of more intimate relationships. But the short answer is that we can all flourish with all types as long as both parties in the relationship remain self-aware, empathetic, fully present and in a growth-mindset.
When you have a large gap between your highest and lowest archetypes, it means you are likely more reactive to your stress triggers than you would like to be and that your reactive states could be getting in the way of your relationships and self-regulation.  Your lowest type points to the specific archetypal behavior that would improve your resilience, but that you don’t currently value, or tolerate well. The good news is that you know exactly where to start working toward improving your self-awareness and regulation in the face of stress – your lowest scoring archetype.

I first evaluate the scores, then listen to the challenge and look at patterns, then create a custom framework of physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

My professional work is blended with my unique abilities to see deeper levels of what’s going on with people. I draw upon Reiki, intuitive insight, and the insights of the Five Archetypes to offer holistic treatment. In a single session, I’ve seen people become unstuck, anxiety dissipates, relationships change. So after several years working with clients in the Five Archetypes, my life and work culminated in this book, which allows me to help far more people than I could from my office. 

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