1. a perfect or typical example of something or the original model from which other models are supposed to replicate. See also prototype. 2. In analytic psychology, a structural component of the mind that derives from the accumulated experience of all humankind. These inherited components are stored in the collective unconscious and serve as a framework through which individuals view the world. These also serves as the major foundations from which the structure of the personality is built. Examples in Jungian psychology are anima, animus, persona, shadow, supreme being, magna mater, and hero. Also known as archetypal image- primordial image.
ARCHETYPE: "An archetype is the original model that all subsequent models are supposed to resemble in some manner."