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What is The Five Archetypes?

  • A science-based system that teaches people to thrive in the face of challenge, improving personal well-being, relationships, and the effectiveness of business strategies.
  • A systematic approach to build confidence, empathy, and a growth mindset.
  • It's not a personality test; its primary goal is to guide us to grow ourselves, others and our organizations - especially in the face of chaos and adversity - rather than merely emphasizing our differences.

How to use your Five Archetypes results:
  • Step 1: Notice your highest and lowest archetypes. You may have ties, which is fine!
  • Step 2: Explore the PDFs that correspond to your highest and lowest archetypes. The PDFs demonstrate how your unconscious thoughts and behaviors strengthen or weaken your relationships.
  • Step 3: Join the waitlist for our digital learning program! Get personalized, bite-sized text reminders and activities to rewire stress responses for healthier relationships. The program launches in Spring 2024 - access the waitlist on your 5A assessments results page.


  • The assessment takes about 10 minutes. As you consider how to rate each phrase, be careful not to fall into the trap of “I should.”
  • Instead, pause and reflect on how frequently in the past three months you have felt aligned with each statement. The more accurate your answers, the more spot on your personalized action plan will be.
  • Upon completion, a link to your results will be emailed to you. Follow the link to find information about your archetypes, such as stressors, gifts, and more, which will enable you to apply your results immediately.
  • Click the "Next" button below to begin.
Which option best describes what happens when you're very overwhelmed? A) Do you tend to become disorganized and forget where you put things (Water)? B) Are you more likely to become angry that things aren't moving faster, wishing people would do what you say (Wood)?
Which option best describes what you enjoy most about the process of working on a project? A) The alone time you get to spend thinking about creative ways to bring your deeply insightful wisdom to fruition (Water)? B) Getting the final product launched and scaled as quickly as possible (Wood)?
Which option best describes your first reaction when someone tries to cheer you up by reminding you of your past wins? A) Does it make you feel better and boost your confidence when people celebrate you for your past wins (Wood)? B) Do you feel skeptical of people who remind you of your wins just to cheer you up (Water)?
Which option best describes what's worse for you when feeling aggravated that things aren't going your way? A) When people are over-trying to take care of you despite your self-sufficiency (Water)? B) When people are criticizing the plans you initiated, suggesting you should've stuck with the old way of doing things (Wood)?
Which option best describes how you are most likely to engage at a party? A) Are you more likely to sit alone at a table knowing that whoever is important will come to you to talk (Water)? B) Are you more likely to walk up to other people and start talking business to see if you can initiate a new project, or move an existing one forward (Wood)?

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