Who/what are you going to be? What does the costume you choose for Halloween say about your personality, interests, and desires? Does it represent a hidden part of yourself, or a known part? How do you embody that character? Does anything about you change because of that? If so, what?
Based on Austrian Psychologist Sigmund Freud’s view, our consciousness can be seen as having three states: id/ego/superego, or unconscious/conscious/superconscious, or lower/middle/upper selves.
The unconscious state is our hidden self, our shadow/dark side. It is our inner child and all our stored emotions and feelings. This is the realm of dreams, instincts, and memories. The unconscious can be further divided into personal unconscious (our subconscious) and collective unconscious, or the collective memories and symbols of a culture.
The conscious state is our everyday waking state where logic and mental objectivity exists. This is where we use our mental abilities: thinking, analyzing, learning.
The superconscious state is our higher/spirit self, our light side. This is where we can access our potential, creativity, and intuition. The abilities that enable us to be the best we can be.
One of the most popular X-Men characters of all time has been Rogue (aka Anna Marie), a young runaway girl from Mississippi who was born as a mutant. She considers her powers of absorbing energy through skin contact, which includes the skills, abilities, powers, memories, and psyche of others, a curse, as they make physical intimacy impossible for her.
Throughout the course of her adventures, she passes from exploring her dark, shadow side as a malevolent terrorist while in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to claiming her light, good side as a benevolent mutant working on the X-Men team. After absorbing other identities, she holds these various subpersonalities within her (until eventually they are released). The personality that had the major, turning point influence on her and convinced her to leave the Brotherhood was Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers). After completely absorbing her Kree (alien) powers, she realized the evil of the Brotherhood and sought help from Professor Xavier to control her various personalities.
Rogue represents several parts of us—our desire for connection and intimacy, our struggle between light and dark/good and evil, and our efforts to integrate all parts of our personality for wholeness and happiness.
I just ran across this fun, little test last month for determining your medieval vocation, and consequently how that relates to your work today. It was created in 1990 by vocational psychologist Richard Silvano, and became an online test in 1996. There are 12 medieval characters symbolizing vocation types:
- Benevolent Ruler
- Black Knight
- Prime Minister
- White Knight
Why medieval European “types”? Times were simpler then, there were fewer occupations than nowadays, and people were identified by their occupation. The successful matching of a person’s personality to the requirements of the job was necessary to the kingdom’s survival. Successful kingdoms were able to incorporate the various vocations into a fully functioning society. Still today, it’s necessary for the success of corporate “kingdoms” to find the right people for each job.
Take the quiz online here and find out who you might have been in medieval times: http://www.cmi-lmi.com/enterppp.html