The King Archetype

King archetype

The Integrated King Archetype is in the center of our psyche.
It is often the last archetype we are developing since we often need some experience before we are secure and have the integrity to be an integrated king.
A king is living his full potential.
The integrated king has an active and passive shadow.
The active shadow is the tyrant, and the Passive shadow is the Weakling. 
Embracing the Shadows of our Inner King
If we want to be a true Integrated King we have to see and embrace the shadows of our king. Our inner king has two major shadows – one passive, The Weakling King, and one active, The Tyrant. The more we are willing to see and embrace both our polarities, the stronger The Integrated King can become.

The Weakling King


The Weakling King hides in the passive shadow of the king.
He is afraid of his power.
He is afraid to take responsibility for his own life.
He is giving away his inner throne to his mother or father, maybe to his partner or a spiritual teacher. He listens more to everybody else and looks mostly for inspiration outside of himself rather than listen to his voice.
He needs to strengthen the warrior and masculine side of him to step into a more healthy King. 

A person with a Weakling King can be afraid to take responsibility.
He might hide by staying loyal at a workplace, which he doesn’t like.
He doesn’t dare to confront his boss, colleagues with his truth.
It is easier for him to be a loyal servant and employer for others than to step into his own power. You find them in all organizations – people who are afraid of changes and to step into their power and leadership – for themselves and others.

He might not dare to go into a relationship because he is afraid of failing or that his darker side will come to the surface when he is in one.
He has challenging to be a masculine man and speak his truth in the relationship because of fear of not being loved or be left.
He avoids confrontations and instead become weaker than to take risks or make mistakes.
He has difficulties in taking the lead in bed and creating depth and presence in his relationships. He can hide in the shadow of allowing and receiving from the Wheel of Consent.
He has problems to own his Taking and express his desires to his partner.
He is afraid of having children because that will means too much responsibility.

He can hide in spiritual concepts, worship others before himself, and procrastinate his actions. He might go to India to find his next guru to worship.
A Weakling King is not doing his spiritual practices, schedule his days and weeks, and let life lead him instead of deciding what he wants and doesn't want to do.
He has a ”Let's go with the flow”- attitude.
He lacks confidence, and he identifies with that feeling. He might hide in addictions.
It more comfortable for him to hide in depressions and sicknesses then to step into his power. 

He can secretly blame or project his shadows onto a politician, a business leader, a partner, a teacher, or a friend, but most likely he doesn’t dare to confront these things to the ones that he is projecting them on. He likes more to talk around other peoples back and not taking full responsibility for them and share it. This is the man that can sit in hours in front of a PC and write about philosophical theories and know it all but doesn't clean his room (Jordan Petterson analogy). He projects his own lack of power and shadow into the world but doesn't do much to change it. 

This is also a man who was abused (overpowered) in some way as a child, and when he becomes an adult and ascends into a position of power, relishes the opportunity to turn the tables and become the bully himself. "Now that I'm in charge, things are going to change around here!" But even in a position of power, the Weakling's insecurity gets the best of him; he can become paranoid that people are out to get him. This is also an example of what happens when a Weakling King switches easy to the Tyrant King.

Some examples of inner voices of Weakling King:
- ”You know much better than me."
- ”I can’t do this, can’t you see that I am sick.”
- ”Yes, of course, I will do this for you”. (when not really want it)
- Smiles at everyone to be liked, get love, appreciation, or approval.
- ”This is too hard to do.”
- ”Doesn’t dare to speak up against injustice, violence, or ridicules.
- Trump: ”Journalists produce mostly fake news – they are sick people”. You can’t trust the press any longer. I really think they don’t like our country.”

What are your weakling tendencies?
How do you give away your inner throne to others?
How do you make yourself smaller than others?


About the Tyrant King

Wildman Tyrant

I remember with a shock during my Master in Business and Marketing when I saw that most of the businesses were often motivated by greed, selfishness and the need to earn a lot of money for self-interest. I felt meaningless of making marketing campaigns, using psychology and come up with ideas that were not built on truth or only self- interest. I left the profession. A lot of our leaders are fore and foremost leaders out of self-interest, power, money instead of serving others. The Tyrant King feel safer in leadership role and sense that he is better than their co-workers. They are there to lead and control the workers, more that empower and trust them. Unlike the Integrated King archetype, which creates and blesses others, the tyrant seeks to destroy and tear down. He is selfish, greedy, envy, and he exploits others for their benefits.  

He lacks an inner structure. He is paranoid and abusive. Self-serving.
Some are even willing to kill to stay in power.
He is his own priority. It is me first most of the time.
He has to be the king, president or a leader. He thinks he is better than others. He thinks his opinions, thoughts and words his way more important than others. He listens less. He needs to be a winner, the best one and can use unjustice means to do so. 

I was making a documentary in Burundi, where I sadly could witness the Tyrant King or President, willing to destroy a whole country, kill and a crackdown on everyone that raised their voice against him. Still, these leaders can only exist if there are loyal servants (weaklings) that give him the power to the president. I believe the secret of Trump victory is also that a lot of white men (with a lot of suppressed anger) that is giving away their power to a Tyrant president. 

When The Tyrant King is challenged, he uses his unethical behaviour (ridicule, blame, set out rumours or use scarcity) to be in the position of power. Trump is the role-model of a Tyrant King, and it is also interesting how Trump also uses the strategies of the Weaking King and putting a lot of blame on people that are criticizing him. He wants us sometimes to know that he is the victim. 

Manipulations and lies are qualities of the Tyrant King. He acts like he is better than he is. 

We can see our tyrannic behaviour when we think or feel that we are better than other persons. We are using pride or anger to get our will through. A leader that has been too long in power tend to be taken by the tyrant energies. They might start well, but suddenly they do everything to cling to their position. He doesn’t understand the truth–that power and influence increase the more you share it with others. Thus the burden of maintaining his fragile illusion of absolute power makes him very insecure; any threat to his authority and supremacy enrages him and causes him to lash out with abuse–physically, emotionally, or mentally.

Some inner voices of the tyrant king:
”I know better than you.”
"You are such an asshole, fuck off."
”He is just a spiritual huffy fluffy guy.”
”They have so many contractions in their bodies. They don’t live their truths.
«It is fake news» without saying what is fake and not accurate. 
”He has a low level of consciousness.”
”You have no right to decide over me. I know best.”
”I am the best better than all the rest.”
We all have some of these tendencies. Shadow work is to admit and own them.


What is your tyrant king tendencies? 
How do you act like you are better than you are? 
How do you overpower others or cross over your boundaries/limitations to get what you want?


We have acknowledged the main shadows of the King.

Let us learn more about The Integrate King and his qualities.

The Integrated King