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Kesstan Blandin, PhD


Kesstan Blandin, PhD is the Vice President of Research and Development at the Center for the Applications of Psychological Type in Gainesville, FL. Previous to this, Dr. Blandin was a research psychologist specializing in dementia at the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging at Dartmouth College. Dr. Blandin's publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on dementia grief, psychological type, archetypes, and identity. She is co-author of The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer's Family (2015) with Robert Santulli, MD, published by the Dartmouth College Press. She earned her doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. For several years, Dr. Blandin was an adjunct professor at Pacifica in research and dissertation development.




Articles By Kesstan Blandin, PhD


Growing With Your Archetypes: Treasure Chest
Growing With Your Archetypes: Treasure Chest
In this second article, on Growing With Your Archetypes, Kesstan Blandin presents the Treasure Chest consisting of the eight archetypes in the mid-range of your Archetype Profile. In the PMAI® system your Treasure Chest, in support of your Allies,...
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Growing With Your Archetypes: Allies
Growing With Your Archetypes: Allies
In the Pearson-Marr system your Allies are your high scoring archetypes, generally your top three. High scoring archetypes represent characteristics that you likely identify with and narratives that you use the most to understand and engage the...
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Pandora’s Hope: An Archetypal Reading
Pandora’s Hope: An Archetypal Reading
The two archetypes of Idealist and Realist are a complementary pair. We all have an ideal of what our life should be like and the belief that our future can be different from our past, but the challenges of reality get in the way. Yet hope prevails....
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How Archetypes Transform Personality
How Archetypes Transform Personality
Understanding our archetypes as only representative of personality can be limiting. In this article Kesstan Blandin describes how your PMAI® archetypes point to archetypal narratives currently active in your life, not only to highlight aspects of...
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The Roots of the Pearson-Marr Archetypes
The Roots of the Pearson-Marr Archetypes
In this article, Kesstan Blandin provides basic definitions and distinctions between C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Carol Pearson’s work on archetypes as a way to deepen your understanding of the PMAI® archetypes....
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Working With Archetypes as Characters and Narratives
Working With Archetypes as Characters and Narratives
Our goal is to become aware of ourselves, which is what the PMAI® system is all about—developing deeper self-awareness that gives you more room to act, know, and decide; more room to be you in all your potential. In this article Kesstan Blandin,...
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Archetypes are Fluid and Dynamic
Archetypes are Fluid and Dynamic
If you happen to take the PMAI® assessment again, you will likely notice the same characters congregating near the top and bottom of your profile, but not always in the same positions. Our newest article discusses the fluid and dynamic nature of...
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Archetypes Are Oriented Around a Core Quality
Archetypes Are Oriented Around a Core Quality
People accurately and intuitively understand that the archetypes symbolically represent universal human qualities. A common misunderstanding though is if an archetype is not active in your Archetype Profile, then you are lacking the core quality it...
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Working with Teams through the PMAI® Archetypes
Working with Teams through the PMAI® Archetypes
All organizations, teams, or any group with a common mission, will confront archetypal moments, those difficult decisions on how best to go forward when what you decide will have impact on the organization and customers....
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Discovering Your Hero’s Journey
Discovering Your Hero’s Journey
What is it like to see your life as a Hero's Journey for the first time? Think of a story or a film where you recognized yourself in a character. When we are identified with a character, we feel their feelings, we are moved by their pain, and through...
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When Is a Story Archetypal?
When Is a Story Archetypal?
We know the facts—that we are currently one of 7 billion people on the planet, that in the greater scheme of humanity and the cosmos we will live and die anonymously - but this is not how you and I live. You are striving, battling, and loving through...
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Hidden Gold in the Shadow
Hidden Gold in the Shadow
My younger sister, Carmen, is quite close in age to me – just a year apart – but distant in personality. Growing up, my naturally sensitive, caring, generous sibling would often say to me that I just didn’t have that “caregiver gene.” She was right....
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