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Codename: Duchess

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Sterling Archer

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of Codename: Duchess

-Has integrated his sexual and aggressive side into his conscious

-Sexuality and aggression appear to be two main attributes of character

-Has an extremely active libido. Sex is a constant necessity in his life.

-Enjoys going on on aggressive, violent rampages

-Has retained primary narcissism since childhood
Freud's Psychoanalysis
Id, Ego & Superego
-Archer is a narcissist who is nearly 100% Id.

-The Id was the first part of the personality to develop; the later ego and superego development were more than likely impaired by his mother’s absence.

-Little to no evidence of superego or morals

-He is not fully connected with reality

-Always follows pleasure principle

-Constantly strives to satisfy basic desires for pleasure

-Unrealistic & illogical

Maslow's Hierachy of Needs
Through Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, understanding an individuals thought process of importance between one certain need to another is usually fairly moderate. Archer, being the complex, idiotic (yet oddly intellectual) ISIS agent he is, his needs not only skip around the hierarchy, but they are either slightly modified or non-existent.
Just as dreams, Freud saw jokes as insight into the person’s unconscious motives. Archer is well known for obscene jokes, which Freud would view as a release of sexual aggression.

He introjects the mannerisms, values, and lifestyle of Burt Reynolds
Defense Mechanisms
Stages of development
-He was raised by Woodhouse; an ex-soldier turned bar tender whom Malory (Archers mother) meets when she burst into his bar claiming she had killed someone and that her water had just broke, she could really use a drink. After engaging in a gunfight with the people following Malory only minutes later, she offers Woodhouse the job of taking care of the child.
-Woodhouse raised Archer for the first few years of his life. Later on, Archer attended boarding school for fifteen years. He continues to care for him still
Oedipus complex
repressed romantic feeling towards mother
experienced anxiety seeing mother with other men

-confusion & anxiety over not knowing who his father is
Basic Physiological Needs
Archer doesn't have to go a long period of time without a need before his hunger for said need motivates him to have it fulfilled.
Archer's basic physiological needs are nowhere near what a normal individual's needs would be.
That being said because of his secret agent training, archer has demonstrated time and time again that he can survive long periods of time without his physiological needs being met.
Archer has deluded himself into thinking that Alcohol is a physiological need.
He makes it out to the audience that he is a drunk all the time, and seems to not be able to function properly with some sort of alcohol in his system.
Safety Needs
Archer, being an ISIS agent, is taught to predict everyone's moves and actions in order to protect himself and his loved ones. BUT, he is usually a egotistical ass and only protects himself. Maslow may see this as so what normal (an individual focusing on their own safety) but to society, Archer is just an ass.
Belongingness and Love Needs
Archer has sex with the majority of female characters on the show, and he really only shows love (in different levels) between Lana and Katya
Archer shows that he could care less about belonging with anybody in ISIS, yet some how, he keeps the co-worker/(kinda)friend relationship with everyone in ISIS.
He despises his mother and yet demonstrates his affection for her on multiple occasions throughout the show.
Esteem Needs
Archer feeds on the need to be heard and be the center of the conversation. (Randomness)
Very high confidence, but possibly low self-esteem
Bullies others to boost self esteem
Feels like he doesn't get the respect he deserves
Often brags about his skills
Archer thrives on the need to be the best at ISIS and prove to the others and himself that his achievements during the missions are recognized and rewarded accordingly.
Needs people to validate accomplishments
Archer shows through-out the series that he is developing his own potential and become the best agent ISIS has ever seen and/or had. But, Archer's ego tends to push him back and makes his built up potential look like he's being cocky/snobby/an ass towards the rest of the characters.
Archer is able to present his full potential and be the person he wishes to be; which is Burt Reynolds.
Jung's analysis of Sterling Malory Archer.
Carl Gustav Jung is known for his separate theory of personality called analytical psychology. His ideas encompassed the belief that each of us is motivated not only by repressed experiences but also by certain emotion-filled experiences from our ancestors. The first half of the latter statement is very apparent in Archer’s life. For example, his hate for Ray as a cyborg relates back to Barry and Katya falling in love and breaking Archer’s heart.
The Personal Unconscious

Jung also believed every person’s mind was part of a collective unconscious. This collective unconscious is from the distant past of human existence. This can be broken down into the conscious and the personal unconscious. The personal unconscious contains all of the repressed and forgotten experiences of one person. According to Jung, each person’s personal unconscious is formed by our own experiences; therefore each is unique to the person. So, some memories are easier to recall and some, very difficult. All of this is very relatable to Archer because he grew up believing his father was a Navy pilot named John Fitzgerald Archer, but came to find out that his mother has no idea who his father is.
The Jungian Archetypes
According to Jungian approach of psychology, some highly developed elements of the collective unconscious are called "archetypes". They are autonomous and hidden forms which are transformed once they enter consciousness and are given particular expression by individuals and their cultures.

Archer shows the "Shadow" archetype in the first episode of season 4 when he gets amnesia and calls himself Bob. When Archer uses any of his skills to kill an attacker, he is surprised and repulsed. Archer's amnesia created a the "Bob" personality, and made the "Archer" personality a shadow that Bob did not want to accept.
Jung also went in depth into the dynamics of personality. There are two basic attitudes, introversion and extraversion and four separate functions that go along with them: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting.

Archer's personality is represented by ENTP. ENTP’s are risk takers, aggressive, careless, dominant and act without thinking. Some favored careers include dictator, international spy, private detective and bar owner. All of these sound like typical Archer wants and behaviors. He is flexible and very resourceful.
Dynamics of personality
Archer displaces most
of his anger on Woodhouse
(his caretaker) but also
basically everyone around him
Repression of his childhood events. Limited (and mostly negative) parental involvement.
Jake Ragno
Serena Espada
Thomas Scheve
Shaman Surendran
David Solomon
Jonathon Berman
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