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Innocent Archetype



Innocent Achetype (2)

There are two important steps in creating your archetypal character using Jungian Archetypes
1. Work with your hero first.  Please answer the questions as if your character were the person answering.
This will tell you the archetype your character is living right now.
2. Read the descriptions of your character’s “favorite” archetype.
Then go to the character arc section and read the arc for that archetype.
Now you must decide:  Is this archetype the most useful one for my story?
You may have one archetype in mind, and that is usually the most useful one.  But it is not always the case.  
If it is not; then you might want to reconsider which archetype you want your hero to be living in your story and you may want to look carefully at the call.  The call is what brings your hero into the conflict of act two



I would be surprised if someone betrayed me

I just assume that people I hang around with at school are trustworthy.

I feel safe in this world.

I know people usually like me, even when they don't show it.

I believe that people don't mean to be cruel.

I enjoy "feel good" movies such as Little Miss Sunshine.

The innocent has trust and faith and optimism. Many characters in a helping profession begin  as Innocents with exceptionally high ideals and aspirations. They believe that if they work hard enough and do things right they will be able to help others and make a contribution to the world. The idea of becoming a coach, guide, or therapist is especially attractive to the innocent part of us that believes that others share our high ideals and good motives.  Such characters are usually innocents.

The Call A desire for purity, goodness and simplicity, a safe, secure environment, to be protected, to experience unconditional love and acceptance.
The Motto “Every cloud has a silver lining.” ”I will get what I need – it will be provided.”
Characters Mary Poppins, Forrest Gump, Sound of Music, Giosué Orefice in Life is Beautiful, Women in literature who are willing to die to save their virginity, Little Foot in The Land Before Time.
The Setting Church, Mom and Pop shop, a happy family, safe environment, punctual, friendly, predictable, traditional, sentimental, nature – a meadow of flowers, settings where life is an either or proposition. Paradise, Eden, the Promised Land.
Brands Ivory Soap, Switzerland, Walt Disney.
Shadow Denial and Repression, Childish behavior, blaming, conformity, irrational optimism, and risk taking–addiction to consuming (things, food, fun).
Stages Naïve blind obedience, dependence. Tossed back and forth between idealism and cynicism. Wholesome renewal after a fall which makes the Innocent realize that there is real danger in life—Innocence will come from values, and a sense of oneness. (Not doing, but being)