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INNER SELVES OFTEN REFLECT ARCHETYPES
Inner selves are often very similar to characters from the world of drama, films and TV such as Rhett Butler, Shirley Valentine or Xena, characters from bedtime stories and ancient myths and legends such as Aphrodite, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty; and from real life historical dramas such as George Washington or Captain Bligh. All these best loved or most hated figures have become favourites because they reflect archetype selves (the most common and most typical inner selves for so many people) so it is not at all surprising to find an inner self adopting a name that goes with their energy or personality.
Do not forget for one moment that almost all selves are paired as energetic opposites. So whatever name you see below is only one of a pair. See The Great Law of Energetic balance and Polarised Selves and Flipping pages.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON PRIMARY SELVES INCLUDE:
Rational Analytical Logical Mind (RAT for short)
Open Honest & Blunt
Rebel or Mutineer
TYPICAL PROTECTOR PRIMARY SELVES
Commonly found selves that operate by setting up conditions for example
"We'll do what you want provided you don't make us feel vulnerable"
Academic (Good Student)
Lost In The Woods
Peace At Any Price
Pleaser (Nice Self)
Very Good Person
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Any of the above protector selves can be primary selves for you or another individual
TYPICAL HIGH INTENSITY (Dramatic Energy) SELVES
High Intensity selves are less logical, more animal and instinctual, using drama, cunning, confusion, high-
Out of Control
TYPICAL DISEMPOWERING (YOU CAN’T DO IT) SELVES
Disempowering selves stop you experiencing your real power, your real ability and block your emotional growth, because they believe their way is the best for keeping you out of pain. They treat the risk of vulnerability as being as bad as vulnerability itself and they associate ‘taking action’ with the risk of pain or worse. These are the selves that are often most responsible for disowning your natural power selves and your adult ‘I Can Do It’ abilities.
Don’t Expect Too Much
Fear of Intimacy
Fear of Anger
Fear of Failure
Fear of Success
Leave It To Others
Medicator / Addict
We Can’t Do It
We Can’t Win
TYPICAL DISOWNED SELVES
Even the disowned selves are protectors, in the sense that by staying disowned, they save the vulnerable selves from being shamed, blamed or hurt. By keeping right out of the picture, they do not put the vulnerable selves at risk.
Aphrodite (Goddess of Love)
Can’t say “No”
Dionysius (God of Ecstasy)
Magical Mystical Child
SOME TYPICAL PRIVATE AND HIDDEN (VULNERABLE) PARTS
The private and hidden (too vulnerable) parts or not really selves. Rather they are parts of our personailty that the inner selves are wanting to protect. These are the parts that help you to get closer to others and to yourself, and give you the power to show your most vulnerable feelings. It is the openness and naturalness of the private parts that makes them (and you) lovable, worth nurturing, caring for, protecting and safe to be with.
If you would like to add some of your selves to this page there is still plenty of room.
NOTE: In the Growing Awareness program the term "Grown-
Your Free Inner Self Profile Sheet
For many years I have been using an Inner Self profile sheet that allows you to keep a visual record of your inner selves as you meet and talk with them. There are different places for different kinds of selves on the sheet according to their different energies or the different ways they do things to protect you.
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The Top 100 Inner Selves
A LIGHT HEARTED LIST OF TYPICAL SELVES YOU MEET EACH DAY
Please don’t take this list seriously! There really is no ‘official’ list of the inner selves by name and certainly no ‘Top 100’ because the inner selves are so unique and individual for each person. However many people have asked me for a list of names and this is just a rough collection. There are many more, not listed here, so feel free to add your own and drop me an E-
Grouping the names under different headings, as I have done, does not mean that these selves will always belong there. A primary self in my list may be one that is disowned in yours. One of your private and hidden selves may be a High Intensity self on someone else’s list. That explains why (as you will notice) I have included the same name under two or more headings.
This is just a list of many typical Inner selves