Mapping Archetype Themas: The Life History of an Ensemble Cast of Mythic Characters

By Linda K. Watts.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The Life Maps Process (LMP) is a personal development methodology which the author has developed as a form of applied anthropology. The LMP is a three-stage program utilizing tools for life review (i.e., life mapping), reflection on thematic life patterns, and future schematic (re-)modeling. A system of twelve “primordial Archetype” figures are subjectively associated with Life Themes and are mapped across Life Chapters to illuminate personality aspects that have impacted a person’s development in relation to Significant and Critical life events (SLE’s/CLE’s). Case study findings are presented and theoretical foundations from social and cognitive anthropology as well as from analytical and archetypal psychology are discussed.

Keywords: Applied Cognitive Anthropology, Life Course Studies, Archetypal Psychology, Personal Development

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.157-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.150MB).

Dr. Linda K. Watts

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Dr. Linda K. Watts is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist who has published in the area of cultural models/ cognitive schemas. Her research since 2001 focuses on life course modeling. Dr. Watts has developed a process for constructing and analyzing Life Maps which reveal patterns and archetypal complexes evident in individuals' oral life histories accounting for Significant/ Critical Life Events. Dr. Watts conducts workshops and classes to assist persons in reflecting on their lives in relation to perceived life course patterns, obstacles, and goals.


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