An animal’s behavior and health have a lot to do with its personality type, says Coryelle Kramer, Animal Communicator and creator of The Animal Dynamics method. In this interview, she describes the seven animal archetypes that she discovered and how they can be used to better understand your pet.
I started communicating with animals professionally about 25 years ago, but unprofessionally I've been doing it since I was a kid. My mother understood that this was a gift and nothing to be afraid of, so she supported it. She nurtured and helped me along. She was my biggest fan.
In the late part of the 90s, I decided to change my career. Before that, I was doing something totally on the other end of the spectrum, working with computers. I decided to reassess my life, and I realized that it wasn't making me happy anymore, so I tried to look into things that were making me happy.
I looked into animal communication and started taking lots of classes at farms in New York State. I got certified as an animal communicator and at the same time, I was a veterinary technician, so I had both the spiritual and physical training that I needed.
I started working with all kinds of animals. I felt like that was important, since they all have different perspectives on life, so I was talking to any animal I could: Llamas, pigs, dogs, cats, birds, and insects.
I was very effective at it, but for many years, I was only doing what I call one-off sessions, which would be a 60-minute or a 30-minute session. I kept getting to what I call the animal communicator glass ceiling. It felt like I went as far as I could go with what I knew.
Then, about three years ago, I got what I call a massive creative download on animal personality archetypes - The Animal Dynamics - which changed the way I work and receive information.
People always ask me, why does my cat do this? Why does my dog do that? When you find out an animal's personality, it answers questions on why they act the way they do.
When an animal’s personality is in the positive spectrum of the personalities that I discovered, they're happy, but when they're in the negative spectrum, they start behaving in unwanted ways.
My ability to work with animals and help them grew tremendously because now I work with people over longer periods of time. It’s really transformed my animal communication and made me even more effective at it.
The seven archetypes are the Direct & Demanding, the Energetic, the Sensory, the Rule Breaker, the Shifter, the Transcendent, and the Visionary.
The Direct & Demanding one is equivalent to the guardian archetype. They're very strong-willed. They are caretakers to their core. They love to watch out for everyone in the house, whether it's a person or an animal. They're also super-confident and cocky. They like to look you in the eye. And they are very direct in their demands.
On the negative side, they can be extremely demanding, almost manic, about getting what they want. They crave attention, and that can be a little tiring, especially if they're in the negative spectrum of the personality.
For example, the Direct & Demanding type can’t be touched directly like you would touch, let's say, the Energetic, because the Energetic is very sensitive. Direct & Demanding animals like kneading the body, massaging their body and their face. They like very direct touch.
The Energetic is what I consider the empath. They are super-sensitive to the energies of people, places, things, and situations. They love when your energy is feeling good, but they also can really tell when your energy is off, even if you're not saying anything. That's the positive part of it.
On the negative spectrum, because they're so sensitive to external energies, they can get overstimulated very easily. If you have an Energetic animal, a little tip would be clearing the house energetically on a regular basis. If they're feeling the energy in the house and it's not feeling good to them, they can start picking up unwanted behaviors.
The Rule Breaker is like the innovator. They love it when you think outside the box. They love it when you talk to them and interact with them. They get bored easily, so you want to keep changing things around. For example, if you exercise with a dog who is a Rule Breaker, it might be good to switch your routine often so they don’t get bored.
The Sensory, or the pacifist archetype, loves to snuggle in comfy beds or blankets and they love to cuddle. They don’t like conflict. A lot of sensories I found are omegas, and you can't make an omega into an alpha. If you're trying to get an animal to be more assertive, but they are Sensory, you're going against their nature and true essence, so it's not going to work. You might even cause them some mental trauma because you're trying to force them to be something that they're not.
Because they are Sensory, they are super-sensitive to noises, touches, smells, and tastes. A little tip with them is to be more aware of the products you use in the house and maybe go for more natural ingredients because Sensories are way more sensitive than other animals.
On the negative spectrum, they might have a hard time on celebratory holidays like the Fourth of July if there are a lot of loud noises going on. They might have a lot of fear around that. People might think their animal needs medication because they freak out, but if you're able to interact with your animal and calm them down and know that it's because of their Sensory nature, you’ll be able to support them through those difficult times.
The Shifter, or the chameleon, is a little bit of all the archetypes. They're interesting because they can change from one moment to the next. They've got big personalities and they're usually the ones that are always on. People will gravitate to them and are super-excited to be with them. They're constantly changing.
One of the negatives of that personality archetype is that because they're constantly shifting, they can be mislabeled as trouble makers. When you recognize that your animal is a Shifter, you can understand that animal better, as opposed to just thinking that they are manic. They also can play endlessly. This is the dog that's constantly going for the stick or the ball and can do it until your arm is almost falling off. Because of that, there are different ways that you can play with them so that you're supporting them, but you're not exhausting yourself.
The next archetype is what I call the Transcendent, or the Zen master. Some people define them as old souls. When people say things like your dog acts like a cat, or I've never seen an animal do that, it’s usually because they’re transcendent. They’re otherworldly.
The Transcendent is very much about connecting. They love connecting to their people and to the world around them as well as connecting to nature and their home.
All animals can be spiritual but the Transcendent is just really Zen. It's pretty extraordinary. When they're feeling good, they love to be seen and heard, and they love and listen. They are so patient, calm, cool and collected.
One of the negatives of a Transcendent animal is that they can be a little bit too trusting in people.
The last archetype is the Visionary, or the oracle. This is an animal that can usually tell when something is wrong with a person, even if that person doesn’t know it.
For example, a cat or a dog might come to a woman’s stomach and start sniffing it or lay their head on it in an unusual way, and then later that day, the woman finds out that she's pregnant.
You might find a Visionary animal is either touching or lying on a part of the body that is suffering illness before it’s even been diagnosed. They're able to sense when people are sick.
Some nursing homes or elder care facilities keep cats for exactly this purpose. These animals always know when a person is about to die, and they stay with that person until the very end.
The negative spectrum for them is they're not emotionally stable. If they get too overwhelmed or too overloaded, they become susceptible to whatever they're sensing. It’s often the case that such animals get the same type of cancer as their owners, or have the same kind of accident that their owner had. They can't separate themselves from the information they're getting.
The Animal Dynamics are also very relevant to humans. When I work with clients, I find out what their personality archetype is and it also answers questions on why they are where they are.
If a person and their cat are both energetic, they might get along really well, but they could also short circuit each other out energetically. So it's important for everybody to keep their energies as clean and as healthy as they possibly can.
An animal might be having health issues or unwanted behaviors such as going outside the litter box, or being aggressive towards other humans or animals in the house. It could also be that they simply want to better their relationship with their animal through the dynamic work so they can understand their animal on a different level.
If somebody is working through their grief over a passing animal, talking to that animal, finding out what happened to them when there's uncertainty around their transitioning or their death can help a lot. I just did a session with a woman who lives on a very small island off the coast of Madagascar. She wanted to talk to her cat who just went out one day and never came back. She wanted to find out what happened so she could get closure and healing.
It starts on my website with a very extensive contact form that people fill out with the questions that I have specifically put in so that I can get an idea of what's going on. They upload a photo of their animal, which I use to talk to the animal.
If there are unwanted behaviors or health issues, I can help with that, too, because I'm also an energetic healer.
Using their picture, I ask the animal if they are ready to let go of their unwanted behaviors and if they are ready to step into their well-being and health, because I can't make anybody do anything. If the animal lines up with the action that I'm giving to them, the results are extraordinary.
Once I have that, the next process is doing a possibility call with me, where I let them know what the work is and how I can help their animal. I also do an intake of all the information and write down copious notes, and we find out what's going on with the animal.
I also find out what's going on with the person, because whatever is going on with you is usually very much affecting your animal. If I can help everyone in the situation, then everyone feels supported, and that's where the results come in.
If the possibility call goes well, we start our consecutive sessions together. It starts with animal communication. It's also a healing session, because once I do healing on the animal, no matter what's going on with them, it gives us a great foundation to start our work together.
They start to feel healthier in their mind, body, and spirit. It's a very intensive healing process that comprises five levels, which take anywhere between an hour to two hours per session, depending on what's going on with the animal.
We work through whatever comes up, and I prescribe things like flower essences, which animals truly love and do well on. I also do energetic healing, finding out what's going on with the person, and helping them with whatever they may be going through. A lot of interesting stuff has been going on with humanity in the last few years, and it's very much affecting the animals as well.
We just work through all that with the Animal Dynamics, which are not only about personalities but about ways that you can interact with your animal. You can play with them or touch them in ways that they love. There are words, phrases, and gestures that I give to clients that their animals respond well to. I give them ideas for toys, food, beds, or any other kind of pet products that can make them more comfortable.
When we do the Dynamics and the animal communication, my end goal is to make your relationship with your animal even better. If it's good already - great, but I can make it even better.
The first and foremost tip is that you need to quiet your mind. Meditation is a great way to do that. Just sit for two minutes a day, actively and authentically quiet your mind so you can keep those channels open.
On top of that, sit quietly with your animal and ask them a simple question like what's your favorite color, and then just let the information come however it comes. You might see an image, an object, a color in your mind, or a feeling in your body. Take a moment and let that information sink in and connect with your animal on a deeper level.