The Archetype of the Peacemaker – ‘Who am I?’ – Part 2

  After physiological and safety needs have been fulfilled, the third level of human needs is social and involves feelings of belongingness”  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The need to belong is one of our fundamental human needs. We live in a society where belonging is how we often evaluate our self-value and worth.  Feelings of NOT belonging often fuels the belief there is inherently something wrong with us’. For the Peacemaker,  this belief can create a loss of identity with ‘Who Am I?’ and often playing the chameleon changing and evolving to their external environment with an unconscious agenda of always needing to be safe.  

Self-sabotaging beliefs of the Peacemaker include …

  • ‘I don’t matter’,  ‘No one sees me’
  • ‘I don’t know what I want or need’  
  • ‘I have to keep peace at ALL costs’
  • ‘It’s not good to show anger and cause conflict as this creates disharmony in my connections with others’

What is the price we pay for this perception?

  • disassociation  not only from the self but often the world around us. There is a  ’safe barrier’ often placed between the  ’self and others’  
  • weak boundaries:  what is mine and what is another’s  becomes  murky  
  • self-sabotage:  feelings that you aren’t worthy of having more than you have, putting the needs of others before self and  placing a glass ceiling on what you can achieve
  • anger, resentment, guilt and often sadness  
  • exhaustion on all levels emotionally, mentally, physically and energetically  

The dynamics of this perception are played out in our relationships foremost, the adult still plays the  ‘child role’ and allows  others to make most of his or her important decisions. For example, where to live, what job to take. Often in  compliance  with their decision even when he or she believes they are wrong because of the fear of  disapproval  and  rejection.  

The endings of close relationships, whether romantic or not, can cause deep feelings of helplessness, devastation and  psychological  wounding as another layer of the  ’something is wrong with me’ is  embedded  even deeper. Easily hurt by  disapproval, criticism and conflict of any sort, the ‘Peacemaker’ often can be bound to toxic relationships, jobs, careers and environments way past their due date. Whether consciously or unconsciously they have concluded this is how it is.

In the next blog post we look at breaking free from the negative implications of the Peacemaker.

Justine Whitfield is a mindset coach, energetic healer, and reflexologist who helps people return to wellness in the body, mind and spirit so they can live a fulfilling and joyful life.

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Date Posted

September 20, 2021