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    The Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® (PMAI™)

    I have been studying archetypes for storytelling and came across this system. It looks very interesting and potentially very valuable, the only online version of the test I could find is not free, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has any knowledge or experience with this, though I'll probably end up taking the test anyway eventually.

    Here's some basic information from the website:

    About the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator Instrument -

    Much of the world knows the work of Carl Jung on psychological type through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument. Jung's other great contribution to human understanding is the concept of the archetype—the shared myths, themes, images, characters, patterns, and symbols present in our lives and our culture.

    The PMAI™, or Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator®, the world's first scientifically validated archetype assessment tool, does for archetypes what the MBTI® instrument does for psychological type. The PMAI and its accompanying guidebook Introduction to Archetypes open a window into unconscious archetypes and a path to self-understanding. The assessment is available online, in paper form, or as part of the book What Story Are You Living?, a deeper exploration of the positive use of archetypes in our lives.
    Self-discovery and growth using the PMAI.

    Created by Carol Pearson, Ph.D., and Hugh Marr, Ph.D., the PMAI measures the influence of twelve of the most common archetypal patterns in our lives. Once aware of their influence, we can consciously decide which archetypes to use, when to use them, and which to develop. By better understanding the themes in our lives, we can consciously write our own life story to be the best it can be and reach new heights of satisfaction in our relationships and careers. Take the PMAI online.
    Market research, archetypes, and the PMAI.

    In addition to self-discovery, the PMAI is an invaluable and objective tool for discovering the hidden interests and motivations of the market place. Tapping into resonant archetypal themes has proven to be an effective strategy in the success of many products, such as Chrysler's PT Cruiser, Classic Coke, and Ivory Soap.

    The PMAI is a low cost instrument available to anyone high school age or older. The questionnaire takes no more than twenty minutes to complete. Administration and scoring reports are available in a variety of forms, including online or print (single and group packages). Each participant receives a self-explanatory report (the online version is immediately emailed) and a copy of the 55-page interpretation guidebook, Introduction to Archetypes.
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    Interesting! I may spend the $18.00 to take it and report back here. I'm pretty sure I have one of her books somewheres (Pearson). I'm subscribing to this thread so I don't lose it.
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    If I had to take a wild guess...

    If the Sage is active in your life, you assume that "the truth will set you free."

    At your best (now or when you fulfill your potential), you are not only knowledgeable but wise. You are wonderfully curious and love to think things through, striving as much as possible to filter out your own biases, to be as objective and fair as possible. You are motivated by a genuine hunger for truth and take a long-range perspective that prevents you from getting bogged down in petty squabbles and problems. You also see patterns in apparently discrepant events; you spot the error of logic or reasoning and practice paradigm vigilance, knowing how easy it is to be trapped by habits of mind or even accepted ways of thinking things through. You excel at evaluating the merits of relative truths and commit to people and ideas even in the face of the realization that it is impossible to know anything for sure. You also have a gift for staying calm and unruffled.

    When problems arise, you typically research how others have addressed them before. Then you seek out the best process possible for thinking the issue through, finding an answer, and taking action to solve the problem. Finally you try to track and evaluate the results. You tend to notice methodological flaws and to be rather slow to respond to situations unless they are urgent, because you see clearly how dangerous it is when people take action before they know what they are doing. By nature, you love ideas and the process of thinking, so you gravitate more toward the life of the mind than to doing or experiencing. As a consequence, you may filter out your gut or kinesthetic wisdom and facts that are not
    intellectually interesting.

    You may want to be on guard against the Sage's tendency to be dogmatic and opinionated, with an ivory tower disdain for ordinary life and affairs. Their keen ability to see the flaws in opinions and practices can take a negative or cynical turn, as they sit on the outside criticizing the efforts of others. They also can retreat to their heads, so they fail to act on what they know. Their emotions may take them over so that they act in petty ways, masked by high-sounding principles and rhetoric.
    You like and live stories that begin with some fact or event that is curious and unexplained. Then the scholar, sleuth, or wisdom figure in you undertakes a process of laboriously discovering the truth. For these reasons, you may relate to academic writings, mystery stories, biographies or histories that are tales of discoveries (e.g., Sherlock Holmes or The Name of the Rose). Identifying as an expert, you also keep up with the literature in the fields that interest you or in which you are knowledgeable. You also may relate to stories in which the Sage as teacher has an impact through advising, mentoring, or teaching the next generation. (Narratives about heroes almost always contain a guide or seer, someone like you, who makes all the difference.)

    As a leader, you are (or could be) excellent at dispassionate analysis, planning, evaluation, and making well- planned decisions. When others are panicking, you can detach, see the big picture, or take the long view and know what to do. You have a calming influence, and under your leadership events move forward at a measured, sane pace, so that you know that the right thing is being done in the right way.
    You like to be seen as intelligent and perceptive, so you avoid revealing any areas of ignorance.
    Others may admire your intelligence and expertise, or they can see you as nit-picky, living in an ivory tower, and irrelevant. They may seek you out as an advisor or enjoy trying to catch you in a mistake.

    You may (or do) benefit from:
    Avoiding dogmatism and staying open to new information, even if it contradicts what you have thought previously
    Paying attention to what works in the real world, rather than what simply delights the mind by its complexity
    Communicating simply rather than showing off your genius
    Staying in touch with gut or body knowledge
    Balancing the virtues of the Sage with those of the Jester

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sily Wily View Post
    Interesting! I may spend the $18.00 to take it and report back here. I'm pretty sure I have one of her books somewheres (Pearson). I'm subscribing to this thread so I don't lose it.

    Definitely report back if you do! I'll probably end up spending the $18 too lol. This sort of thing is very very interesting to me!

    And Marino, where did you find the archetype profile? Probably off the website huh, guess I haven't looked at it very thoroughly yet. I'm curious how they'll indicate the "answer" as we generally operate with some sort of combination of all the archetypes, so I'm curious if it gives an archetype profile, or if like MBTI there's one "type" that you are inherently... hmmmm. The Sage does seems fitting for you, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeacePassion View Post
    And Marino, where did you find the archetype profile?
    Yeah, a sample report is available in a free .pdf.
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    oh cool thanks! i must have been too sleepy to notice it.

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    Fabulous, will read this later, thank you PeacePassion

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    Maybe this weekend as I go back to work tomorrow. I got Creator in the last test, and I want to see how it differs from Pearson's.

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    I finally took it... Lover, Creator, and Magician were the archetypes most active for me, with the Innocent and the Orphan as my shadow types. Interesting.

    If the Lover is active in your life, you assume that love is the answer.

    At your best (now or when you fulfill your potential), you are sensuous, alive, vital, and full of love for others and
    for life. You would prefer always to be passionately in love with someone who returns your affections, but you also
    fall in love with cherished activities, the vocation that is your calling, children, pets, beautiful surroundings, and
    material possessions. You may well have a knack for helping individuals and groups appreciate one another and
    hence become close. Your love differs from that of the Caregiver because you see others as peers, not people in
    need of help. When you shower your attentions on someone, they feel the magic of your charisma. A romantic and
    bliss seeker, you create situations that help people experience at least a touch of the ecstatic or, failing that, a
    time that feels really special.

    When problems arise, you look to see how relationships have broken down between yourself and others or among
    other individuals and groups. Then, you tend to heal this breach through communication, helping people to share
    what is bothering them ("When you say . . . , I feel . . .") and restore love or friendship. Or, you help others (or
    yourself) to become more attractive, more beautiful (in body, clothes, mind, heart, and/or soul). You may believe
    that all the problems of life could be solved if people just opened their hearts and loved more. Even when you want
    to hold on, you learn to let go.

    You tend to notice the people, objects, activities, settings, and experiences that evoke love, passion, and
    sensuality, particularly anything beautiful, romantic, aesthetic, or having an idealized quality. You may miss the
    importance of things that are merely functional, or things and people lacking in beauty, charm, or grace.
    You may want to guard against the Lover's tendency to be promiscuous or inappropriately sexual, to become
    infatuated with dreadful people, or to hurt others by dropping them as the Lover's infatuation cools. Lovers may
    also play favorites and exclude people, and some feel empty when not loving or being loved.

    You like and live all sorts of variations on the love story. The plots of romance novels and/or films, (Casablanca,
    Chocolat, Titanic, or Don Juan de Marco) and stories of intense lovers of life (Zorba the Greek or St. Francis of Assisi)
    may be especially compelling. As you learn to commit, you may appreciate stories such as O. Henry's The Gift of the
    Magi that recount the sacrifices people are willing to make when they are truly committed to one another, or stories
    of spiritual love in which the object is union with the divine as the Beloved.

    As a leader, you are (or could be) passionate, charismatic, and intense. If you love your work, you galvanize
    wonderful enthusiasm, so that people willingly work very hard and gain satisfaction from doing so. You have a gift
    for helping teams to bond, so that they really are friends.

    You want to be seen as attractive (physically and in every other way) and lovable, so you avoid doing anything that
    makes you look unattractive or unavailable to those you court and even to those whose attentions you eventually
    may need to spurn.

    Others may appreciate your loving nature, your passion and friendliness, and your intensity. They may be very
    enamored of you. They also may see you as vain, cliquish, shallow, or a drama queen/king.
    You may (or do) benefit from:

    • Clarifying values about sexual expression and friendship, maintaining good boundaries
    • Expressing sensuousness in all aspects of life, including very ordinary experiences (like waking up and
    • smelling the coffee)
    • Making a long-term commitment to care about others and their well-being, whether or not the infatuation of
    • love or friendship or the excitement of new projects lasts
    • Cultivating a sense of identity and self-esteem that is independent of whether or not you love or are loved
    • Balancing the virtues of the Lover with those of the Seeker

    If the Creator is active in your life, you assume what can be imagined can be created.

    At your best (now or when you fulfill your potential), you are highly imaginative and even inspired, and your skill
    level allows you to create with ease. You have moments when the ideas just flow and creativity seems effortless.
    You have a wonderfully developed aesthetic sense and surround yourself with things that reflect your taste. You
    have the potential, moreover, to create your own life as a work of art, so that you avoid the ordinary, the shallow,
    and the mundane, opting for more satisfying ways of life, even if this means that others do not always understand
    why you live the way you do.

    When problems arise, you seek inspiration to develop a clear vision of how you want to remedy them, to decide
    what you want to create to put in their place, or to choose what other innovative steps you might take. Or, you
    divert yourself by undertaking some satisfying creative project, believing, often correctly, that the answer to how to
    handle the problem will come to you in the process.

    You tend to notice the need for new inventions or interpretations. You also focus on the resources that help you
    innovate and on ways to enhance your skills. You know that if you open your eyes wide enough, you will find what
    you need to be successful. You also have a highly developed critic and generally notice every flaw in what you and
    others do, which could lead you to feel inadequate to the task and dissatisfied with life.

    You may want to guard against the Creator's tendency to reduce life to raw material for art (as in a cartoon
    depicting a writer who keeps one hand on the keyboard while he makes love with his sweetie), robbing life of the
    joy of felt experience. The Creator also may become overwhelmed as a result of taking on so many projects. Like
    weeds that kill a garden, too many projects can sap the joy out of an otherwise great life. When the inner critic gets
    out of control, Creators may undermine their own confidence and that of others.

    You like and live stories involving the many guises of inspiration and their unpredictable consequences such as
    Alice Walker's The Color Purple, in which a character changes her life, in part because she starts to write about it and
    hence understand it. In Fried Green Tomatoes, the creative act of telling a story becomes a life-changing force in the
    life of another character. You also may relate to stories of artists, inventors, or entrepreneurs who have the
    imagination to envision something admirable and then the skill to make that vision a reality. Unless you have
    wealth, you may empathize with the difficulties (often portrayed in literature) faced by artists who live in poverty
    because they will not compromise their standards or allow their creativity to be co-opted by others (as in the film

    As a leader, you are (or could be) entrepreneurial, innovative, and unorthodox.

    You want to be seen as grounded, practical, and having the ability to create something the world needs, so you
    may avoid doing things that make you seem like a stereotypically wild-eyed, crazy artist.

    Others may appreciate and even envy your imagination and taste. However, they may have no idea how much
    dedication and hard work is involved in creating anything of real worth, minimizing what the outcome costs you.
    They may even see you as elitist or eccentric, perhaps even immoral (you know those artists!) and someone not to
    be trusted.

    You may (or do) benefit from:

    • Taming your inner critic so that you become less critical of others and yourself
    • Remembering that anything worthwhile takes time
    • Moving from an ego-oriented focus on whether what you do is good enough to an attitude of service or being
    • a channel for the muse or the vision to be expressed
    • Balancing artistry with being a responsible, thoughtful person (avoiding the trap of excusing self-indulgence)
    • Balancing the virtues of the Creator with those of the Destroyer

    If the Magician is active in your life, you assume that perception defines reality.

    At your best (now or when you fulfill your potential), you are a charismatic, transformative, and healing presence
    who knows how to unite people behind a common vision and make that vision a reality. You understand that the
    structures of consciousness govern what happens in life, and you are highly self-aware and may use prayer,
    meditation, psychotherapy, or other methods to be certain that you are mentally clear and living in a way that is in
    keeping with your purpose. Most of all, you believe that seemingly miraculous events can happen if human beings
    just get smart enough to understand more about the science of how nature, the mind, and the spirit work.
    When problems arise, you respond first by changing your own attitudes, expanding your perspectives, and
    adjusting your behavior to create ripple effects that may shift the whole system. You also work to reframe the
    situation in ways that help you or others see solutions that otherwise might be overlooked. You trust that when your
    intent is clear and pure, things will work out.

    You tend to notice serendipity, synchronicity (meaningful coincidences), the interrelationship of events and
    seemingly disparate parts of a system, the ripple effects that emerge from seemingly small changes, and the ways
    in which attitudes affect outcomes. You also are keenly interested in how things work from a metaphysical or
    spiritual as well as a scientific perspective. Yet, sometimes you may miss the obvious and seem lacking in common

    You may want to be on guard against the Magician's tendency to get hooked by gurus who claim to be able to
    teach magical powers, or you may fall prey to the temptation to set yourself up as a guru. The Magician can use
    charisma to manipulate others and overwhelm others with the Magician's extremely high expectations. The Magician
    may also underestimate what it takes to consistently pull rabbits out of hats.

    You like and live stories about the education of people who do miraculous things, whether they are scientists,
    shamans from an indigenous culture, or legendary/literary figures (such as Prospero in Shakespeare's The
    Tempest). You relate to the ways in which the power to transform the outer world often grows in people who have
    had to overcome some wound, disability, or disadvantage. You may be fascinated by tales of magic in which
    miraculous powers are used to overcome evil and transform the situation (e.g., Harry Potter, Gandalf in The
    Fellowship of the Ring, or Merlin in the Camelot legends), or, alternatively, cautionary tales about how power corrupts.
    You also may relate to stories in which the miracle worker initially is isolated, but then finds love and/or community
    (e.g., Chocolat or Amalie).

    As a leader, you are (or could be) a visionary who energizes others by inspiring them to be true to their deeper
    values and work together to make a wonderfully transformative dream come through (like Martin Luther King, Jr.).
    You are good at fostering flexible structures and attitudes of personal responsibility and responsiveness in
    everyone. You also are good at creating synergistic partnerships whose whole is greater than the sum of their parts.
    You like to be seen as a visionary but also as mysterious and even a little removed and unnerving. While this
    makes for some loneliness, it also contributes to your power.

    Others may appreciate your charisma and vision; they also may dismiss you as a flake or fear that you will set
    yourself up as a guru, actually or metaphorically wearing white robes.

    You may (or do) benefit from:

    • Taking a scientific approach to understanding how the world works, studying natural processes and tracking
    • what actually works, not just what sounds good
    • Doing inner work that fosters awareness of psychological forces, heals wounds from one's early life, and
    • keeps you self-aware and aligned with your sense of life purpose
    • Being aware of how other people think and act, without needing to change them
    • Staying grounded through routine work, being in nature, and the joys of sensuality
    • Balancing the virtues of the Magician with those of the Ruler
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