Home Page * Articles * Products & Services * Links

Your Inner Family Archetypes:
Keys to your personality, your relationships and greater wholeness

By Therese Emanuel Grey


Brian Grey, Bozeman, MT - (406) 586-5913

When I first came in contact five years ago with The Inner Family Archetype ModelTM developed by psychologist Caroline Hanstke and lifestyle coach Brian Grey, I had no idea of how much it would change my life!

I had been pursuing many paths of self-improvement and personal psychology to find greater wholeness, balance, understanding and fulfillment in life. Each path had its merits, bringing me forward on my journey. None, however, helped me accelerate as fast as The Inner Family Archetype Model.

The Inner Family Archetype Model is the ultimate roadmap into understanding ourselves and others. It helps us get to the root of who we are and why we behave the way we do, and understand how we relate to other people. Working with this model brings out the best in us by helping us get rid of our inherited negative patterns of behavior, by eliminating our need for co-dependent relationships and by making us more competent in everyday situations. Most important, it allows us to be true to ourselves and to others, to give and receive more love and to become who we are really meant to be.

Caroline and Brian have used this model in personal consultation with thousands of clients, as well as with multinational corporations and Canadian government and educational agencies. They have lectured on The Inner Family Archetype Model in cities throughout North America and regularly conduct workshops and seminars. Caroline works out of Calgary, Canada and Brian works out of Bozeman, Montana.

The dictionary defines archetypes as a prototype-an original pattern, or model from which other things are made. Studying archetypes yields great insight into our inner selves. Beginning with Carl Jung, people have used the term "archetype" to refer to interfacing aspects of self.

The Inner Family Archetype Model focuses on the four cardinal points of our being: the archetypes of Father, Mother BoychildTM and GirlchildTM that form the cornerstone of our identity and set the stage for our personality.

These archetypes work either in harmony as the Loving Inner Family, or in conflict as the Unloving Inner Family, and are influenced by our family upbringing, social milieu and culture. Unloving Inner Family dynamics are at the root of many divisions within the psyche, personal problems and relationship challenges. Creating and sustaining Loving Inner Family dynamics helps us to overcome our inner conflicts, so that we become more whole, relate to others from a healthier psychological standpoint and experience renewed vitality and joy in our lives.

Even though everyone has the same four loving and unloving archetypes, people express these archetypes in different ways and varying degrees, depending on which of the four archetypes they operate from in the superconscious mind, in the conscious mind, in the subconscious mind and in the unconscious mind.

Someone, for instance, may have Boychild operating at the conscious level, Girlchild at the subconscious, Mother at the superconscious and Father at the unconscious, while someone else may be conscious Girlchild, subconscious Mother, superconscious Father and unconscious Boychild. This accounts for some of the many personality differences between people.

The Loving Father archetype must be present in order to sustain a loving inner family because Father sets the blueprint. He protects, directs, disciplines and gives us what we are supposed to do. He is impersonal impersonality and exercises conditional love. He represents the law of cause and effect. Thomas More, in the movie Man for All Seasons, is a good example of Loving Father.
Unloving Father is the part of our shadow self that is a tyrant. He controls through criticism and intimidation, and condemns others into fulfilling his agenda. He is inconsistent, unreliable and arbitrary and can only be counted on to do harm.
Loving Mother is the unconditional love mechanism and the personal personality of our nature. She is warm and loving. She holds the immaculate concept and dispenses wisdom's vision. She nurtures, teaches, guides and explains the Who, What, Where, When and Why of things. She also explains the rules and standards set by Loving Father. Jesus, for example, clearly demonstrated the Loving Mother archetype in his role as teacher.

Unloving Mother controls through avoidance. She manifests this avoidance either through aloofness or through a "smother mother" consciousness. Aloof, she abandons us to the criticism of Unloving Father, the extreme negative competition of Unloved Boychild and the hopelessness of Unloved Girlchild. As smother-mother, she spoils the child to replace the true unconditional giving of herself.

Loved Boychild helps us to excel in life, to accomplish all we would accomplish, and to fulfill our dreams. He is the impersonal personality. He is assertive, courageous and fearless in battle. He is also curious, investigative, likes to experiment and wants to know how things work. He seeks to express mastery over things and is competitive in order to master skills. He enjoys games and challenges, and is self-confident. His charisma, charm and sense of humor make him attractive to others. The Disney cartoon Hercules, is a good example of the journey to becoming Loved Boychild.

Unloved Boychild thrives on pride and negative competition. He controls through negative competition. When Unloved Boychild is operating in us, he is always measuring who is superior and who is inferior. He is the rebel, angry and aggressive. He is deceitful, interrogates and bullies. He is envious and wants his way at all costs. He always has to have the last word. Because he is usually frustrated, he often develops obsessions and compulsive behaviors.

Loved Girlchild brings finesse, inspiration, and magic to our lives and makes life special. She is the epitome of beauty, sweetness, gentleness, innocence, goodwill, holiness, sensitivity, diplomacy, finesse, intuition, compassion and harmlessness. She finishes things with fine detail. She is the personal impersonality. She allows us to hear with our inner voice and to connect with the essence of things. She is the most spiritual, mystical side of our nature and can contact the transcendental. In many ways, she is indefinable. Like Mother Teresa, she seeks to save those who seemingly can't be saved.

Unloved Girlchild is the victim/martyr. When Unloved Girlchild is operating in us, we can think or feel ourselves abused, victimized or powerless. Because of her victimization pattern, she often whines, complains and is paralyzed by fear. People operating off of their Unloved Girlchild archetype are often mentally, emotionally or physically abused.

Getting acquainted with the inner family archetypes was the first step to greater wholeness in my life. Once I came to understand what archetypes I was operating from, I was able to take the appropriate steps necessary to root out deep self-sabotaging patterns of behavior that I had absorbed during childhood and adolescence. In time, it also became easier for me to figure out what archetypes are predominant in other people. This has helped me to understand why I get along with some people better than others and given me the tools I need to get along with people I had previously found "difficult."


"This helped me deal with the rough spots in my psychology and deal head-on with difficult problems!!"
G.M. Vice-President Marketing

"By applying the inner family archetypes in the classroom and at home, I found that I can optimally help children develop their full potential."
A.L. Montessori Teacher

"This method has helped me to improve my relationships and to achieve my personal goals step by step. As a result, I feel that I am in the driving seat of my future."
P.P. Healing Professional

For more information, call (406) 586-5913 or visit us at www.innerfamily.com.