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Maloney, A. (1999). Preference ratings of images representing archetypal themes: An empirical study of the concept of archetypes. J. Anal. Psychol., 44(1):101-116.

(1999). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 44(1):101-116

Preference ratings of images representing archetypal themes: An empirical study of the concept of archetypes

Alan Maloney, M.D.

Archetype Theory is consistent with the full range of empirical psychological research, yet has not itself been empirically studied. As part of a project to integrate psychological theory, especially psychotherapeutic theory, with empirical research, I asked 151 subjects to rate their preferences for images representing archetypal themes and factor analysed their responses. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that archetypal themes determine affective responses in adults. Archetype theory may prove itself to be useful in operationalizing a number of contemporary psychological theories.

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