Activate the Hero Within

Journey starts February 2021

There never has been, nor will there ever be, another person like you. Your journey in life matters. What you give to others matters.

But the meaning we imagine for our lives can fall short of our actual experiences. Maybe it feels like you’re going in circles. Maybe you’ve felt stuck at work or struggled in relationships.

If you long for more impact or meaning, the seed of your Hero’s Journey is there, ready. It’s time to begin it.

Let’s begin together… How to register.

THE SEED OF a Journey

Self-discovery leads the way

We all struggle. What you want for yourself may feel impossible today.

But looking inside begins the journey from impossible to possible. When we look inside we’ve begun the process of moving from just a wish to a new lived experience.

As we say at the Polarity Institute, inner work leads to outer change.

You begin with questions like this:

  • Who am I?
  • What am I good at?
  • Why are some things so hard for me?

Without understanding your strengths and limitations, you are like an accidental tourist. Without knowing the talents and possible pitfalls in your personality, you wander in a foreign country. If you achieve goals, it feels more or less accidentally.

But there is another way. As you become more self-aware, you can consciously choose the outer changes you have been seeking. It is possible. Of course, next comes the question:

  • How?

The answer comes easier with a guide, helpful tools, and the support of a community. It starts in February 4, 2021. How to register.


Carl Jung’s insight in types of people

Swiss visionary Carl Jung wrote Psychological Types in 1921 to address the suffering he experiences in his relationship with Sigmund Freud, as well as the suffering he witnessed in the time of World War I.

He brought forth a wise understanding of human personalities. The psychological types described in his many books give us a foundational step up today.

Jung’s insights orient us to our own journey. They ground our programs at the Polarity Institute.

  • What are we conscious of, what are we aware of?
  • By contrast, what we are unconscious of?
  • How and why do we connect these two parts of ourselves to achieve our goals?

Jung helps us answer these questions.

It turns out that what you are unconscious of holds great power over your lived experience. Why?

Because you can tap tremendous energy from those parts of which you are unconscious. There power is in the polarity between the conscious and unconscious parts of you.

This is the power to bring results. It’s the kind of power that makes an impact…


Learn your type, harness the power of your polarities

If the unconscious matters so much, we’d better get acquainted with it. But how do we become aware of what we’re unconscious of?

A tool that helps is an assessment of your personality type. An assessment can reveal the parts of your personality that are well developed, versus those that are undeveloped. It’s a snapshot of your growth. It also gives you a bearing on how and why you relate to others of different types.

Jung once said “Type is nothing static.” It’s not a box you live in.

Your type is a dynamic unfolding of your capacity and aptitudes so far. Type is your capacity around the primary Thinking, Feeling, Sensation, and Intuitive functions that all humans exhibit, more or less.

The Polarity Personality Type Indicator (PPTI) was developed by the Polarity Institute’s founder John van der Steur based on Jungian Typology. The PPTI acts like a compass on your journey. From the PPTI, you can learn to identify your dominant and inferior functions. Then you can learn to harness their power.

This power can be applied within yourself, and in cooperation with others as a team…

Polarity Personality Type Indicator

The PPTI tool we’ve developed can be referenced as a 3D grid, or model, of the human personality. The video above describes how it can help you understand yourself and others.

The PPTI is contemporary with the 21st century developments in understanding of human psychology. It innovates and improves upon older personality models like Meyers-Briggs from the mid 20th century.

Begin YOUR Hero’s Journey

Cross the threshold, you’re not alone

Joseph Campbell popularized the timeless idea of The Hero’s Journey. The story of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars represents this idea, this story of a passage and adventure with meaning. Similarly, it describes the experience of Bilbo in The Hobbit when he left Bag End to find Smaug the dragon. Campbell said the Hero’s Journey is a universal pattern in three phases:

  • Separation – Call to adventure, leaving your comfort zone to go on a quest, a search for something with deep meaning for you.
  • Initiations – Through a series of challenges in new and unknown territory you become a hero by developing yourself (creating the spine of the personality).
  • Return – Now a different person with new capabilities that you put in service of humankind. You have grown and matured as a result of the journey.

During this archetypal journey, the hero meets a mentor, finds allies, and encounters enemies.

Such a journey plays out in your life when you’re ready to first look inward, then step outside what’s comfortable and cross the threshold, to so speak. Like Bilbo and Luke and so many other storybook figures, it helps to step out with the support of others.
Our Masterclass may be Your Call to Adventure. We would love to have you on board.

Watch the video invitation below from Polarity Institute founder John van der Steur. How to register.

Hero’s Journey Master Class

A seven-week masterclass starting February 2021. Navigate your personal journey with Jungian Typology as your compass

This is a live online course that begins February 4, 2021

We’ll meet for class sessions on seven Thursdays from 1-4 pm Central Standard Time (CST):  Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11 and Mar 18. 

We’ll meet for follow-up Question & Answer sessions on seven Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm Central Standard Time (CST):  Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 9, and Mar 16. 

The size of the group is limited to 12.

You’ll find two options to participate below. Start simply with the Masterclass and get community support through this year

The certification program that follows at the end of March has as its prerequisite this Hero’s Journey masterclass. You can decide to buy the Certification now and save $300.

All options may be purchased in a budget payment plan over several months. We answer FAQ’s below. Please contact us with any questions.

We have added two new bonuses for this Masterclass:

Bonus 1: 1-hour coaching session with John van der Steur ($275 value)

Bonus 2: Free Online Video Course on Jungian Typology ($47 value)

More details about the curriculum can be found below.


How to Register

One-time Payment
Budget - Multiple Payments
  • Total cost

    Total cost
  • Package value

    Package value

    Package value

    Package value
  • Hero's Journey Masterclass
    Hero's Journey Masterclass
    Hero's Journey Masterclass
    Hero's Journey Masterclass
  • Interactive Small Group Q&A's
    Interactive Small Group Q&A's
    Interactive Small Group Q&A's
    Interactive Small Group Q&A's
  • Member Web & Mobile app
    Member Web & Mobile app
    Member Web & Mobile app
    Member Web & Mobile app
  • Community thru 2021
    Community thru 2021
    Community thru 2021
    Community thru 2021
  • 1-to-1 Consultation
    1-to-1 Consultation
    1-to-1 Consultation
    1-to-1 Consultation
  • PPTI Certification Class
    PPTI Certification Class
    PPTI Certification Class
    PPTI Certification Class
Master Class
Master Class
  • 3 monthly payments
  • Total cost

  • Package value


    Package value

  • Hero's Journey Masterclass
    Hero's Journey Masterclass
  • Interactive Small Group Q&A's
    Interactive Small Group Q&A's
  • Member Web & Mobile app
    Member Web & Mobile app
  • Community thru 2021
    Community thru 2021
  • 1-to-1 Consultation
    1-to-1 Consultation
  • PPTI Certification Class
    PPTI Certification Class
Master Class + Certification
Master Class + Certification
  • 5 monthly payments
  • Total cost

  • Package value


    Package value

  • Hero's Journey Masterclass
    Hero's Journey Masterclass
  • Interactive Small Group Q&A's
    Interactive Small Group Q&A's
  • Member Web & Mobile app
    Member Web & Mobile app
  • Community thru 2021
    Community thru 2021
  • 1-to-1 Consultation
    1-to-1 Consultation
  • PPTI Certification Class
    PPTI Certification Class
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Feedback from participants

“What I learned in the Hero’s Journey was what I’ve always needed to learn, what I’ve longed to learn, what I’ve wondered about without knowing so. It was the missing link in all the seeking I’ve been doing for the past 22 years. Who am I? What am I like? Why am I like that? What am I not like? Why am I not like that? It’s a thoroughly deep and well taught class on the subject of being the best me I’ll ever be.

John Mooney

Director, Moonlight Glass

“The Hero’s Journey is an excellent program including group work and inner personal development. Insightful, inspiring and innovative. This course has the potential to change your life if you open to the riches within. Its content is rich and deep.”

Cathy AJ Hardy

Founder and Director, Soul Care Circles

The integration of Jungian typology with the myth of the Hero’s Journey is an inspired and creative idea with the capacity to truly help people – myself included- move forward in life. I find that I can use this knowledge not only with myself but in clinical work with trauma clients as well.

Beth Wagland

Depth Psychologist, Toowoomba, Australia

“I was feeling lost and adrift with so many ideas I wanted to pursue, but little energy to bring them to life. Learning about my personality type gave me validation that I am a very innovative person with visionary ideas as well as a greater awareness of how to realistically ground them. I now feel more clarity on where I need to focus and dedicate my time and energy.”

Jessica Flint

CEO True Warrior Inc, Austin, Texas

Increasing my awareness of my personality strengths (and weaknesses) definitely helped me understand what I need to do to improve my relationships and occupation. I very much liked the combination of lecture, discussion and interaction, and the break-outs. Thanks for a great class!

Ralph Henly

Chief Manager, Publish & Launch Support Services

The Hero’s Journey has been a very useful channel for setting the course of my active life from now on. It is structured in a way that leads you to a deep understanding of your gifts and how to make better use of them for achieving a more fulfilled life path…

Francys Rugeles

Managing Director, C&IB, BBVA Banco Provincial

This inner work has helped me understand why I’ve been struggling to achieve my goals, and also gave me plenty of ideas on how to move forward in a much more balanced way. I loved the small group conversations, too. It was an opportunity to notice the different gifts we each had. It was very validating and a real eye opener for me!”

Charo Pinilla

Personal Branding Coach, Madrid, Spain

“John’s passion for his work and skillful teaching which combines the depth of Jungian Psychology with practical life coaching skills is an electric combination which I have found extremely empowering and synchronistic.”
Linda King

Healing Arts, Yorkshire, UK

Hero’s Journey CURRICULUM

Masterclass Modules

module 00

Preparing the Journey

  • 2 hour online course “The Power of the Personality”
  • Login to Community Portal
  • Download private Community App on phone
  • Get a journal
  • Carve out workshop dates in calendar
  • Keep breathing!

module 01

Who am I? What am I here for?

  • Personal introductions
  • Separation: Call to Adventure, Refusal, Crossing
  • We are not the same: your Spine of the Personality
  • Your best moments: keys to your genius
  • Journal assignment

module 02

Crossing the Threshold

  • The symbolism of sleep in life
  • What suffering is awakening you?
  • Conscious and Unconscious Personality
  • Belly of the Whale
  • Taking stock and departure
  • Finding your Ideal Mentor
  • Journal assignment

module 03

The Road of Trials

  • Your Quest: finding purpose
  • Focus, focus, focus
  • Pay the ferryman and let go
  • You and your worst moments: keys to your Shadow
  • Journal assignment

module 04

The Abyss

  • The inner demons: how you plan to fail
  • What are you willing to live and die for?
  • Grief: the blessings of the abyss
  • Surrender to your Self
  • You and your values
  • Journal assignment

module 05

Your Ultimate Boon

  • Your inner authority: between stimulus and response
  • Visualize then realize
  • The Power of Art
  • Your next Masterpiece: the Self
  • Journal Assignment

module 06

Returning Home

  • Resist the Sirenes of Distraction
  • Escape with the Boon
  • Plan to succeed
  • Celebrate your return
  • Live, Love, Learn, Laugh & Leave your Legacy
  • Continue the journey with the support of Community


Towards a life of more meaning and impact

There will never be a better time to join our Hero’s Masterclass and Community than now. The group will be small and the price will only go up later. You have a unique opportunity to apply Jungian Typology to your personal and professional lives, including early access to professional certification.


You can rest assured that your facilitators,  training materials and the learning environment we prepare for you will help you on your journey.


  • Led by master teacher John van der Steur, an expert in Jungian Typology and management consulting. 
  • Direct access to the inventor of the PPTI assessment, a modern replacement for Meyers Briggs and other profiling tools.
  • Learn proven methods that helped a Dutch Olympic team win a gold medal.


Our English-speaking members come from around the world but share values of personal respect, human growth, and psychological development.


  • Meet, work with and learn from other individuals who are interested in applying the principles of Jungian psychology and typology to their lives.
  • Know that you are not alone and that others have similar struggles as yours. You can help.
  • Receive support, exchange stories, and experiences that you can learn and grow from.


Jung’s ideas are alive and thriving in 2020. Their application to the problems of our contemporary society have never been more relevant.


  • Our focused cohort during our Masterclass will remain over the following months into 2021 for mutual support.
  • Discover that there is always a way forward, a way to reinvent yourself no matter how dire your circumstances.
  • Find a little encouragement, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day.


Hero’s Journey Q&A

If I ask for a refund, will you provide it?

We want to ensure your satisfaction and offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. We will comply with the terms and conditions of our services as specified in our refund policy.

Specific to the Hero’s Journey Masterclass, if you request a refund within the first 30 days of your purchase, then 100% of your purchase amount will be refunded.

We ask that for any refund to be given, you will have participated in at least one live session on Zoom. This helps you meet us in your commitment of participation and our commitment to facilitate. 

If you are making multiple payments, then only the first payment may be refunded. After the first payment, it will be past 30 days, so there will be no refunds for subsequent payments in a payment plan.

If you pre-purchase now the Certification program to be offered in March 2021, as part of the bundle that includes the Masterclass, then you are entitled to a 50% refund if you cancel your Certification participation prior to March 1, 2021.

If you want, you can defer your participation to a later certification session. 

What are community member specials?

As a community member, we want to reward you for making a contribution to the start of our community. You’ll get the best pricing on any extra programs or special offers. We may also solicit your feedback in the planning of new programs, so you could get advance notice of future opportunities and shape them to suit you.

What is the 1-to-1 Consultation?

You’ll get a private, one on one Zoom meeting online with Polarity Institute founder John van der Steur. The focus will be encouragement for your professional career, with an emphasis on how to make the most of the Hero’s Journey Masterclass for your personal type. It’s intended for those who intend to become certified in the PPTI typology.

What can I expect of the Community in 2021?

After the Hero’s Journey Masterclass, we will continue to encourage an exploration of your personality and life purpose in a supportive environment. The pacing will slow and require less focus. But the consistency and community will remain. You can participate in Q&A webinars, and online events and discussion. You’ll meet and develop relationships with people on a similar path around the world.

Can I choose to buy the certification program later?

Yes, that’s fine. The PPTI certification program will be offered separately in March 2021.  The reason to buy it now is to save on the early bird pricing. When you do buy now, you essentially get the Masterclass for a $300 reduction, which is a pre-requisite class. Also you get the Online Community for free through 2021. Plus community member specials.

What payment methods are offered?

You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, and Apply Pay. For our European customers, we also offer payment through Bancontact, GiroPay, iDEAL and SOFORT.

What if I cannot make the live sessions?

There will be replays of our live sessions available, but small group break out sessions will not be recorded. While we understand you may not make every session, we do encourage you to participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays as much as you are able.

What is the time commitment?

The weekly time commitment depends on how deep you want to dive into the material. There’s enough lessons, activities, conversations, and bonuses inside to keep you busy for up to 6-8 hours per week.

To make it worth your while you need to at least come to the Thursday class or watch the replay (3 hours) and spend 1 hour on the weekly assignments.

OUR community PROGRAMS

After your own journey you can choose to help others


Hero’s Journey Masterclass

This masterclass is about your own journey,  your own destination and transformation. 

Masterclass II

Certification Masterclass

This is where you can learn to facilitate others on their journey using Polarity Institute resources.

"Every advance, every conceptual achievement of mankind, has been connected with an advance in self-awareness."

Carl Jung, CW IV, § 523