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Discovering my Archetype with ArchetypeMe.com

Fun [yet embarrassing] Fact about Ashton #gazillion: I kind of love those quizzes in magazines that tell you all about yourself. I’ve even taken a quiz that determined my favorite color. Who knew that my *sunny* disposition indicated that my favorite color was yellow? I’m really glad I took that quiz, because up until then, I was certain my favorite color was green. Whew. Dodged a life of green-filled misery there! (Actually, I really am in love with yellow and gray. I’m pretty fickle, and my favorite color seems to change with the popular trends )

Ok, ok. Most of those quizzes are pretty silly. Fun, but, you know… not super realistic or useful, right? But what if there was a quiz that wasn’t silly? And it really helped you to discover something new about yourself. Not just that– but it was part of a site that helped you use that self discovery to connect with your friends who have similar interests, find content on the web tailored to the things YOU care about, and helped you channel a new found self-awareness into other parts of your life (like your blog, your career, your purchases, your hobbies, etc…). Tell me that’s not something you’d want to check out!

ArchetypeMe.com has developed just such a quiz and online community. And they’ve challenged me to use their site to really discover who I am as a means to better understand my interests, express myself, and connect with those around me who share my unique qualities. I’ll be telling you all about this journey to self discovery in two posts…

Today’s post is all about who I “think” I am, as in: how I’ve labeled myself and allowed myself to be labeled by others. So without further ado, let’s talk all about ME for a minute… (like you don’t get that enough over here, right? )

For the most part, I’m a rule follower. I wouldn’t say this is a characteristic of mine that’s been etched in stone, but just speaking generally here… I appreciate speed limits below 70. I like really specific guidelines for writing sponsored posts. And I never, ever try to negotiate the price of something.

When I DO break a rule, I don’t challenge the consequence. For example, I REALLY don’t believe in giving students a minimum page number for research papers/essays (I mean, really? You’re just begging for run-on sentences and irrelevant content. But I’ll save that rant for later). I pretty consistently disregarded the page expectations set by my teachers in high school and college. However, I didn’t bat an eye when points were deducted (side note: I didn’t lose points as often as you might think). Because that was the rule: you don’t meet the page requirement = you lose points. Simple, easy. Rules are rules, and I’m on board with that.

Another label I’ve given myself (er… and one that has definitely been mentioned by others): emotional. Super, duper, crazy emotional. I try to reign it in when I can, but hey! I feel what I feel, and it’s usually at the extreme end of the spectrum. I consider myself fairly versed in sincere apologies.

Lastly, I’ve labeled myself as a little manic. I get obsessive. If I like a meal, I want to eat it 3 times a day. If I like a person, they become my new very-best-friend-of-all-time-ever. I only use one instagram filter, because I like all my posts to looks the same. An exercise routine only works for me if I can do it at the exact same time, in the same way every day. And don’t even get me started on my favorite t-shirt (it’s like stealing a baby’s favorite gross blanket so you can sneak it in the wash). When I like something, I like it A LOT.

So that’s me. Or… at least, who I *think* me is.

ArchetypeMe is a new website dedicated to curated self-expression and personal discovery through the language/filter of archetypes. I’m going to take their quiz to better understand some of my own personality traits, which will hopefully help me improve my writing and my ability to connect with others online (sort of an important job qualification when you’re a blogger)!

What about you? Do you ever ask yourself, “Why do I like that?” or “Why does she act like that?” or “I can’t believe I get along with this person so well, I wonder why?” Knowing your archetype and the archetypes of others brings a lot of clarity to how you view yourself and your interactions with others. Discover your archetype and how to use it now by taking a short quiz at www.ArchetypeMe.com.

I’ll be using ArchetypeMe to learn a little more about myself in the coming weeks, and I’ll unveil my archetype in my next post!

And now for the giveaway: one lucky reader will get a $50 Visa gift card and a copy of Archetypes: Who Are you? Book, signed by author! To be entered for a chance to win, answer this question: Why do you think it’s important to really know who you are?

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 1/17/13-2/12/13.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

80 comments on “Discovering my Archetype with ArchetypeMe.com”

  1. I think it’s important so you find true happiness in your life.

  2. Ok can we be BFFs? I’m obsessed with yellow & gray right now (the model home that our new house is being built from is completely done in yellow and gray… I was like um can I just buy this one, as is?) Also I’m a total rule follower (and rule breaker) just like you described. Have you ever taken a Myers Briggs course? We did it for work- described me perfectly! I <3 quizzes

  3. Thanks for this post – it’s always nice to try and find reasons why you are who you are! Plus I love a quiz…have taken it and would seem I’m pretty much what I thought I was…creative and a caregiver! Going to explore this some more…thank you for the link :)

    I also love the font used here on your comments when you type – looks so pretty!

  4. It’s important to know who you are so you can achieve what you want in life and to make yourself happy.
    Also, if you know yourself, others can know the real you, too, and relationships, of all kinds, are better.
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  5. 2nd entry tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/292003275702685696
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  6. Um, I get your obsession tendencies. I have them too!

  7. I think it’s important to know yourself because then you’re able to more easily make decisions, whether it’s about what to do on the weekend, what to order at dinner, or what kind of person to spend your time with. Otherwise, you’re likely to spend a lot of time and effort and energy on things that don’t bring joy to your life.

  8. I think that sometimes in life we can feel like we lose our true self. I feel like it is always great to know who we are and to have goals in life.

  9. I think it’s important to know who you are because it helps me understand why I do the things I do and make the choices I make in life.

  10. You have to know who you are to be able to make choices that work best for yourself in life.

  11. It’s important to really know who you are so you consciously make the right choices that affect your life and those around you.

  12. I took the quiz and it said I’m 45% intellectual, 31% caregiver, 20% other, and 4% athlete. I think it’s important to know who you are so you know how to prioritize things in your life and how to get along well with others.

  13. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/292284311669977088

  14. It’s important to know who you are so you can make the right choices in life and be happy

  15. My faith is so tied to who I am. It helps define me and why I do certain things. And helps me know why I want to be better!

  16. I think its important to know who you are so you can reach your full potential. It also help if others know the real you, so they can take it or leave it.

  17. Knowing who you are means others cannot step on you or treat you badly. When you know your self worth you won’t listen to the naysayers.
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  18. if you dont know who you are you will never realize your full potential or anyone else’s

  19. Just so people can get to know the real you and not judge you. Its also important to know who you are for yourself.

  20. I think it’s important to know who you are to help you learn and understand yourself and help in areas to grow and be a better person

  21. I like archetypeme, my type is caregiver. I think knowing myself is important in figuring out how to improve myself. I can also better prepare for situations that make me stressed.
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  22. i don’t think it would be possible to live your life to the fullest if you didn’t really know yourself!

  23. it’s important to be yourself!

  24. It’s important to know who you are so you can be true to yourself and genuine to others

  25. I’m not sure it’s important to really know who you are…I think it’s more important to keep exploring who you are. Keep asking questions, challenging yourself, testing your limits, discovering your hidden talents, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, etc. Learning and changing and evolving are the keys to a vibrant life! I’d get bored if I thought I knew everything about myself. I guess I always want to have a little mystery left unsolved! ;)

  26. It’s important to know who you are so you can get along with and love people in your life.
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  27. it keeps you focused and not as easily pushed around by others

  28. I think it’s important to understand who I am so I can learn how to become better- a better mother, family member, friend, etc.
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  29. You will know what you want for your life and be a better person

  30. I think it’s important to know who I am because so others around me can know me better. By the way, the quiz was pretty fun. 

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  31. helps give you confidence

  32. It is important to know who I am because then I can enjoy life more. I will know where I want to go and what I want to do with a bit more ease. I will be a better me and a better wife , daughter , sister and friend.

  33. It’s so important to know who you are because it defines how you work with others and how you approach what life brings to you!

  34. I think it is important to know so you are aware of what makes you happy. I feel like I am constantly changing the older I get so it would be interesting to see if it changes later!

  35. It’s important to know who you really are because then you will have direction in life, and find activities and company that you really enjoy.

  36. It’s important to know who you are because the more you know about yourself the greater you will feel and the better you will be at dealing with situations. If you don’t know who you truly are then how will anyone else? Thanks!

  37. because it helps to make decisions that are right for you and prioritize for your life!

  38. It really helps with self-progress and improvement!

  39. It’s important to know who you really are because then you will have direction in life, and make better choices reguarding relationships, career, children etc.

  40. If you know yourself you will know what your triggers are be better prepared to handle them or avoid them.

  41. Knowing who we are may be helpful in achieving goals and being sure that we present our true selves, but it’s not something I give much thought to; I’m just me. (We might be related.)

  42. It is important to know who you are in order to have true happiness.

  43. I took the quiz… and wasn’t terribly surprised. I also fell into three different archetypes fairly equally. I’m still not sure who I really am… at 54 I find myself exploring new aspects of myself. I wonder sometimes if being who we are isn’t a process rather than a destination in our lives. But I think that only in knowing who we are or who we want to be, can we find any real happiness. I think that too often people are caught up in who they think they’re SUPPOSED to be rather than who they are inside… or who they want to become.

  44. I think it is important to know who you are in order to better plan for the future and utilize your personal strengths.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/299152575465406465

  46. You need to know who you really are so you can work on your strengths & weaknesses!

  47. Knowing myself just might help me avoid making decisions that don’t make me happy. I want to follow my own path, not one that someone else thinks is right.

  48. Im the rebel

  49. so you know what you are capable of doing

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    If you are aware of who you are now, you can work to make yourself a better person

  51. I think it is important to know yourself so you can make better decisions in your life. Thanks so much for sharing and for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

  52. It is important to know who you are so you can feel confident in your beliefs and lead a happier life

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  53. Its important to know who you really are because gives you a sense of self and it makes any type of decision easier to make.

  54. its important so you can apply what you know to your life and raise your children upright

  55. 36% intellectual, 34% caregiver, 10% spiritual

  56. Its important because then you are unshakable! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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