Characters on the Couch (Part 13)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

This Follows on from: Characters on the Couch (Part 12). The first part can be found at: Characters on the Couch (Part 1).

The Explorer Archetype

"Don’t fence me in."

Explorers seek freedom and fulfilment. They seek to boldly go, aimlessly wandering with the autonomy to be true to their soul. They are iconoclasts who maintain their independence. They are frontier spirits at the cutting edge. These pioneers are called to discover and explore new lands, whether that territory is external or internal.

Should they go too far ahead and not take people with them, seek too much change they will have stepped over the line into their dark side. This leads to alienation and becoming trapped by their own individuality.

Fictional vehicles are often explorers. The USS Enterprise, The TARDIS, The Flying Dutchman, the Ancient Mariner, Odysseus, Phineas Fogg and the Wagon Train are all examples of the Explorer.

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