Jungian Muppet Analysis (which I just invented) is neither condoned by traditional Jungian analysts, nor by the Jim Henson Company, but more’s the pity. It so beautifully captures the intricate relationship between our outward-facing personality/conscious self and its subconscious shadow counterpart. Jungians believe that as we become more conscious of our subconscious psychological hang-ups and blind spots, and work to consciously integrate our “rejected” or feared personality aspects into our whole selves, we become happier and more well-adjusted humans. And as any Muppet fan knows, our favorite characters display a most excellent representation of the full and rich spectrum of diverse human personality types. By blending these two seemingly disparate disciplines, we can make incredible progress toward becoming more psychologically whole individuals. Maybe? Well, it’s a nice theory, anyway.
TYPE 1 – ANIMAL WITH SHADOW BEAKER TENDENCIES
Are you a person who comes across as highly energetic, wildly confident and outgoing, whilst inwardly battling that dreaded “impostor syndrome,” characterized by almost crippling levels of anxiety, fears of insignificance and even invisibility, and self-doubt? You may be a Type 1 – Animal, with Shadow Beaker tendencies. Read on.
Your Conscious Self: Animal
Your exuberant, confident exterior suggests that you like to meet life’s challenges head on. Your mantra: seize the day – and whatever else you fancy! Friends likely describe you as “the life of the party.” To the casual onlooker, you’ve got no fear – and no boundaries!
Your Shadow Self: Beaker
Beneath your electrified extroversion lurks a terrified neurotic. You watch your own reckless actions in a frozen emotional state of abject horror, secretly fearing that “whatever can go wrong, will” – and that it’ll likely be your fault due to poor impulse control. Your bravado masks a deep-rooted fear that nobody is listening to you, and that you’ll always live in a state of (perceived) powerlessness and utter insignificance. While your seemingly fearless extroverted “Animal” self is constantly struggling to mark its turf, you inwardly battle a chronic sense of impending doom, prompting you to become even more reckless in your behavior, which often leads to unpleasant consequences, and which ultimately confirms your inner Beaker’s worst fears, trapping you in an endless cycle of recklessness and subsequent self-loathing.
To Move Toward Psychological Wholeness and Integration:
By learning to honor and listen to the often valid concerns of your inner Beaker, your outer Animal will eventually develop better impulse control and make more rational life choices. This isn’t to say that you have to entirely forego your massive appetite for life and sense of spontaneity; it’s simply steering yourself toward less polarized extremes and a more balanced approach to life.
Watch this space for future profiles on additional Jungian Muppet Personality Archetypes and how they can help you find inner peace and greater self satisfaction.