1. What inspired the development of the Sphinx Method?

I taught creative writing for many years and developed the Sphinx Method as a writing technique for crafting fictional characters. You can read more about this here.

As time passed, I noticed that my students were using this method to delve into their own personalities, not just those of their characters. After refining the technique through extensive interviews and tests, I launched a separate project centered on this approach.

2. Where can the Sphinx Method be utilized?

  • Career Selection and Recruitment: To ensure your daily tasks resonate with your interests and values.
  • Choosing a Romantic Partner: To confirm mutual compatibility.
  • Sales: To engage potential customers in their own language and cater to their specific interests.
  • Communication: To comprehend the underlying reasons behind the behavior of others.

3. Is the Sphinx Method considered a scientific theory?

No. The Sphinx Method engages with what individuals believe about themselves and their lives. It relies on an individual’s personal convictions rather than scientific data.

Human beings process their experiences narratively, and their actions are directly influenced by their worldview, self-perception, and the personal narratives they construct.

This process can be exemplified through the story of Cinderella. Faced with identical circumstances, Cinderella could:

  • Seek assistance from a fairy godmother who could magically solve all her problems
  • Choose to attend a tavern party where she could meet local boys rather than dreaming about a royal ball
  • Choose to stay home, avoiding all risks, even if provided with everything necessary for the ball
  • Encourage the servants to rebel against her stepmother to assert control over her household.

There are many paths from any starting point, and what matters is how you see yourself and what you believe is possible. The Sphinx Method helps you identify and understand your beliefs so that you can consciously choose those that aid in your self-actualization.

4. Can the Sphinx Method identify the archetype and subtype of another person?

While we can form opinions about others—essentially creating a narrative about them—people may see themselves differently.

The Sphinx Method isn’t a diagnostic tool. Rather, it is a pathway to self-discovery. It allows individuals to explore different possibilities and dynamics, ultimately letting them decide what aligns with their inner selves.

5. Would the results from the Sphinx Method stay the same if I were tested at 18 years old and then again later in life?

The elements of life that inspire joy and motivation often remain constant, but one's circumstances, opportunities, and self-perception change over time. For example, a Hunter, driven by competition and achievement, cannot simply become a Giver who prioritizes relationships and interpersonal connections. These fundamental desires vary significantly.

However, during their youth, individuals frequently acquire conflicting beliefs about themselves influenced by family, society, pop culture, and personal preferences. Young people often struggle to separate these influences and must explore different roles in order to discover what aligns with their authentic selves.

6. Do mixed personality archetypes exist?

The core personality archetype stems from ancestral behavioral patterns, driving individuals to pursue worthwhile endeavors, accumulate experience, and excel in their tasks voluntarily. Humans are inherently adaptable, and life's demands can compel individuals to develop and excel in areas outside their natural inclinations. For example, if a group lacks natural Hunters, others must step into this role to ensure survival.

Similar adaptations occur in contemporary society. You can develop skills beyond your archetypal interests and excel in these areas. Success in these fields often brings social validation, which may lead someone to believe they have found their true calling. However, staying connected to your primary purpose and giving it enough focus to avoid burnout is essential.

Additionally, individuals often employ tools from adjacent archetypes to fulfill their inherent roles on a deeper level. For instance, a Keeper might conduct research to optimize a process. This doesn't change their fundamental archetype to an Explorer; their primary mission remains to enhance the world, using research merely as a tool. On the other hand, an Explorer is driven by curiosity to understand the world and their capabilities. If their explorations produce practical results, it's a bonus, not their primary goal.

Have more questions?

If you have additional questions about the Sphinx Method, please contact me.