Sometimes our inner world can feel a bit like a zoo.
Imagine you are going to choose two Archetypal Creatures from the list below who best reflect your understanding of yourself.
When making your selections, consider each animal description as a whole rather than each sentence out of context.
You might also think about choosing two Hidden Creatures: archetypes that you don’t think represent you at all. These might point to skills and capacities that you are neglecting or haven’t yet been able to find a place for in the current “Zoo of You”.
IN THE ZOO OF ME, YOU MIGHT FIND:
We ants have high internal standards for accuracy, and we strive to meet those expectations. It’s simple for us to identify flaws in the current state of affairs and envision improvements.
While some might perceive us as overly critical or demanding perfection, we find it challenging to overlook or accept tasks that haven’t been executed correctly. We take pride in knowing that if we are responsible for a task, you can be certain it will be done properly.
At times, we experience feelings of frustration when others don’t make an effort to perform tasks accurately or when they behave irresponsibly or unfairly. However, we usually attempt to keep such emotions hidden. For us, work and striving takes precedence over pleasure, and we suppress our desires as needed to accomplish our tasks.
We elephants are attuned to the emotions of others. We can perceive their needs, even when we don’t know them well. At times, it’s frustrating to be so conscious of others’ needs, particularly their pain or unhappiness, as we may not be able to do as much for them as we’d like.
It comes naturally for us to give of ourselves, but we sometimes wish we were better at saying no, as we often invest more energy in caring for others than in tending to our own well-being.
It hurts us when people think we’re attempting to manipulate or control them when all we’re trying to do is understand and help. We like to be seen as warmhearted and kind, but when we’re overlooked or unappreciated, we can become emotional or even demanding. Good relationships mean a great deal to us, and we are willing to work diligently to nurture and maintain them.
As cheetahs, being the best at what we do is a powerful driving force for us, and over the years, we’ve received significant recognition for our achievements. We accomplish a great deal and are successful in nearly everything we undertake.
We identify strongly with our actions because, to a large extent, we believe that one’s value is based on your accomplishments and the recognition you receive.
With more tasks on our plate than we can fit into the available time, we often set aside emotions and self-reflection to get things done. The constant presence of tasks makes it difficult for us to sit idly by and do nothing. We grow impatient with those who don’t make good use of our time, and sometimes, we’d prefer to take over a project that someone else is completing too slowly. We like to feel and appear in control of any and all situations.
While we enjoy competition, we are also effective team players.
As black swans, we are sensitive creatures with profound emotions. We often feel misunderstood and isolated, sensing that we are different from others around us. Our behaviour might seem dramatic to some, leading to criticism about our heightened sensitivity and the amplification of our emotions. In reality, we merely long for deep emotional connections and relationships that are truly meaningful.
This lifelong quest for emotional connection, when unfulfilled, can lead to feelings of melancholy and depression, even outright despair. At times, we might question why others appear to have more than us—better relationships, happier lives.
Our refined sense of aesthetics allows us to experience a rich world of emotions and meaning, embracing with awe the beauty around us. As black swans, we are often to be found swimming in the depths of our emotions, whilst seeking meaningful connections with others.