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Who Are You — King? Warrior? Sage?

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Who Are You — King? Warrior? Sage?

Which personality holds the key to your best life?
Elizabeth  Puttick Ph.D.
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Aug 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever struggled with the central question of life: Who am I? An ancient and powerful system of self-knowledge, updated for the modern world, is available to help you find the path you were born to follow. Everyone belongs to one of the seven archetypes of Artisan, Sage, Server, Priest, Warrior, King, and Scholar. Which archetype is yours and how can you access the strength, the gifts, and the creative power that your true nature holds?

Is it important or useful to know yourself and understand others? Millions of people get along without self-knowledge, like drivers in a city where there are no maps or street names, finding their way by chance and instinct. Some seem to manage well, but most just get by or get lost. Does it matter if you are on a life path that you chose when you were younger, less wise and less experienced, or that was chosen for you by someone else, a parent or teacher? You may now be suspecting or discovering that these early choices do not fulfill your deepest needs, maybe because you don’t know who you truly are.

The secret of success, happiness and wisdom lies in self-knowledge. Only when you know yourself can you know what you really want in life. Out of this understanding arises insight and confidence, leading to effective action:  a clear vision of the best way to achieve fulfillment. Even if it is not possible to change your outer circumstances for the foreseeable future, self-knowledge is useful in allowing you to see yourself as others see you and understand others as intimately as yourself. It will save you a lot of time and suffering by helping you make choices that are better suited to your personality and talents. It will lead you not only to self-discovery but eventually to self-mastery.

There are many personality typologies around, derived from psychology, metaphysics, even marketing. As a sociologist who has worked for many years in publishing, specializing in self-help books, I have studied most of them, finding some very helpful, others less so. The Personality Types is the best system I’ve come across: the most universally true, useful and transformative. It is based on an ancient philosophy known as the Michael Teaching, which was rediscovered in the 1970s. The version I use is adapted from the work of the psychologist Dr. José Stevens, founder of Pivotal Resources, who modernized the philosophy into a practical system for use in counseling and management training.

The system is built on seven personality types: Artisan, Sage, Server, Priest, Warrior, King and Scholar. These personality types, called ‘Roles,’ represent the core or essence of our being and determine our primary ways of being in the world. The roles do not refer to professions and are not identical with work roles, although there are strong associations. Your Role motivates and drives you; it colors how you see the world, affects how you express yourself and relate to other people, and determines what kind of work you are best suited to. It even influences your fashion sense, food preferences and choice of leisure activities.

This personality typology is a truly liberating and democratic system which cuts across the barriers of class, wealth, education, race, religion, age and gender. It is a map but not a trap, describing not prescribing. Despite the associations of their names, all roles are equal and have unlimited potential. A King is as likely to be born into a poor family as a palace, but will still display leadership qualities. It is no better to be a Priest than a Server—who has many advantages, including greater ease in one-to-one relationships. The Roles function more like a team than a hierarchy. They are all important and vital to the greater harmony, like the instruments of an orchestra.

The goal of this system is to become your best self, which will empower you to live a more successful, happy and fulfilled life. Begin by discovering your Role. The process requires sharp and honest self-observation and a certain amount of effort in the early stages, but with practice becomes second nature. I guarantee that it is worth making a commitment to this process of self-discovery and that you will find the results transformative.

The following is a brief overview of the 7 personality types. What is your true role in achieving success and happiness?

The Artisan: Artisans specialize in creativity. They are the great innovators, always seeing or inventing something new, fresh, and unique.
Famous Artisans: Frank Lloyd Wright, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley

The Sage: The key to this personality is communication, mainly through words, but also through performance. Sages are the storytellers of the tribe.
Famous Sages: Lawrence Olivier, Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Twain

The Server: Servers bring inspiration into every aspect of daily life. They have excellent relationship skills. They motivate others with tireless support.
Famous Servers: Florence Nightingale, St. Therese of Lisieux, Dalai Lama

The Priest: Priests are responsible for the values, morals and ethics in society. They are visionaries and they want to make a difference.
Famous Priests: St. Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana

The Warrior: Warriors actively seek and relish challenge, adventure and any opportunity for action. Their aim is to “get results.”
Famous Warriors: Ernest Hemingway, Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda

The King: Kings are natural leaders. They stand out from the crowd with their imposing presence, and their charisma is felt by everyone they meet.
Famous Kings: John F. Kennedy, Golda Meir, Madonna

The Scholar: Scholars stand alone on their axis as seekers after truth. They can be found on the cutting edge of any branch of learning.
Famous Scholars: Socrates, Christopher Columbus, Marie Curie

About Author
Elizabeth  Puttick Ph.D.
Elizabeth Puttick, Ph.D., is a sociologist, trained counselor, and expert on personal development and comparative religion who currently works in the publishing industry. Continue reading