The Trickster

In psychology, an archetype is “a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches”.


One archetype is that of the Trickster. Tricksters “violate principles of social and natural order, playfully disrupting normal life“, and are present in the stories of all cultures around the world.

This is the prankster. The clever one. The character who knows more than he lets on.

His actions are often mysterious, and can be seen as a force for good or evil, depending on the story.

I want this to be short, so pick for me in your head: Of the following list of animals, which one jumps out as the likely choice for the Trickster in a story?

  1. A pig.
  2. A scorpion.
  3. An owl.
  4. A cat.
  5. A rhino.

(Scroll down after you choose.)


Did you pick yet? Ok.

I bet over eighty percent of people chose the cat. Now ask yourself why?

What is it about that option which naturally draws your mind towards the idea of a trickster?


Now watch this.

Scroll up and mentally replace the last option with Deadmau5.

What happens?


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