Review: Archetypes by Caroline Myss


Archetypes by Caroline Myss

Genre: Nonfiction

Publisher: Hay House

Release date: January 2013

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

My thoughts:

I know some people dislike reading nonfiction books because they think nonfic is boring. And let’s face it, sometimes that’s true. But I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of archetypes (I guess that comes from all the psychology classes I took in university), so when I got the opportunity to review this book, I took it.

And I’m glad I did. Ms. Myss goes into good detail about the idea of archetypes (what they are, their history, some examples, that sort of thing) and she does so in a way that non-PhDs can understand. (Which is good, because I’m most definitely not a PhD, heh.) It was very informative.

The second half of the book covers each of the ten major archetypes in detail, so you get a really good idea of what you’re like, based on your archetype. This section was also informative, and I enjoyed reading the bits and pieces of what make people who they are. (It also explained some people I know.)

But what if you don’t know your archetype? That’s okay; reading through each of the archetype descriptions gives you a pretty good idea what your archetype is. But if you’re impatient and don’t want to be reading half a book to catch glimpses of you (like me), the book has a companion website at, where you can take a quiz to find out what your archetype is.

Honestly, that website just made the book for me. It made a complete experience, and made the second half of the book more personal, so to speak. Because I’d already taken the quiz and knew what my archetypes were, I read through those sections to understand myself better. Then I read through the other sections to understand my friends and family better — because you really can see glimpses of people in the descriptions of the archetypes.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was informative and interesting. And it has a companion website. Who doesn’t like companion websites? Exactly.

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