This idea has been interpreted many, many ways, and undoubtedly you have your views on this issue.
For me, the idea that we are all made in the image of God is a powerful one, and supports the concept of a “positive core.”
The concept of the positive core suggests that: hardwired into each of us are unique strengths, talents, passions, and the archetypal traits of the Generative King.
This idea is very controversial, especially among evangelical Christians, who believe that man’s core nature is inherently (inherited from Adam) evil.
To be sure, in the biblical narrative, Adam & Eve made a mistake – that mistake was entertaining the question (“I’m not like God?”) and doubting their worthiness.
This affected their “soul-states.” To be sure, Genesis 3 records that “…they felt ashamed.”
I don’t believe that one mistake changed the core of Adam’s being -the integrity of his triune being remained.
(To my point, Luke 3:38 states that Adam is “the son of God” (Did his mistake change his status as son?)
Working to gain clarity about your “positive core,” that is, gaining clarity about your values, passions, & purpose is some of the most important work you can do.
Clarity informs the Journey of Significance.