The Rebel Archetype

Rebel . Anarchist . Revolutionary . Political Protester .  Nonconformist . Pirate

Light:

Challenges authority to effect social change.

Rejects spiritual systems that do not serve inner needs.

Shadow:

Rejects legitimate authority out of anger.

Rebels out of peer pressure or fashion.

Our images of the Rebel may be too closely aligned with cliches of youth culture to let us see the deeper significance of this valuable archetype.

Whether politically inclined like Martin Luther King, Jr., Betty Friedan, or Lech Walensa, or an artistic innovator such as Van Gogh, Joyce, or Coltrane, the Rebel is a key component of all human growth and development.

The Rebel in a support group can be a powerful aid in helping the group break out of old tribal patterns. It can also help you see past tired preconceptions in your field of professional or creative endeavor.

The Rebel can also lead you to reject spiritual systems that do not serve your inner need for direction and to seek out more appropriate paths.

The Shadow Rebel

The shadow Rebel, conversely, may compel you to rebel out of peer pressure or for the sake of fashion, and so become mired in another manifestation of conformity.

The shadow Rebel may also reject legitimate authority simply because it is asking you to do something you find difficult or unpleasant.

Evaluation

Be especially careful in evaluating your rebellious impulses; look for a lifelong pattern of rebelling against the establishment. But even if the Rebel is not part of your intimate circle of archetypes, you probably have it to some extent and should pay attention to its urgings.

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Movies Portraying ‘Rebels’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

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