Seeker is a phase of the Hero’s journey, which is clustered as three groups:
The preparation phase of the adult’s or hero’s life journey, composed of the Innocent, Caregiver, Warrior, and Orphan. The ego phase is usually encountered in young adulthood as the beginning of the adult journey.
The initiation and meaning-making phase of the internal journey of the hero, composed of the Seeker, Creator, Lover, and Destroyer. In this phase, the internal life and internal soul journey become a prominent focus.
The balancing point of the entire psyche, composed of the Sage, Ruler, Magician, and Jester. In this phase, the person becomes able to manage, balance and integrate every aspect of life.
Note: this article is based on the scientific research “Archetypal values of science and engineering staff in relation to their career orientations”.
The Seeker archetype and career orientations
The Seeker archetypal value is related to autonomy, independence, entrepreneurial creativity, managerial competence, and pure challenge career orientations. Seekers also experience conflict between individuation and conformity. The Seeker archetype is activated by feelings of dissatisfaction, confinement, and a constant search for something better. It’s characterized by a longing for a better life, focused on personal growth, development, and transformation.
Autonomy and independence
Seekers have a desire to be free from organizational restrictions, become frustrated with rules and regulations, and seemingly senseless routine tasks. Seekers are driven by their desire to live according to their own choices. Individuals with this career orientation experience an overwhelming need to perform things their way.
This career orientation involves solving problems and being challenged within a career. If a Seeker isn’t challenged, he will become bored and frustrated.
The most prominent career orientation of a Seeker is his Entrepreneurial creativity. They express a strong need to show others that they are good enough and view making money as a key measure of success. They need to continually reinvent themselves, their products, organizations, and services and need new challenges and to achieve more.
Individuals with the managerial competence strive for higher positions that entail more financial rewards, responsibility, and seniority. These Seekers find it difficult to commit to the organization’s way of implementing tasks, so they search for growth.