At the time, I'd recently started attending meetings of the local "Carl Jung Society." While at those meetings, folks would casually banter on in conversation regarding "the archetypes" - tossing all sorts of grandiose, intellectual concepts... in the attempt to "fit in" and not totally "blow my cover" (by revealing my total and complete ignorance on the matter) - I'd smile, nod my head in a properly thoughtful manner, and pretend that I understood just what in the heck they were all talking about...
And fact is - (if you're a novice to all this) when you've finished this section on the archetypes, you'll probably smile thoughtfully and go on your way... However, my sincere hope is that before leaving, you'll be just a wee bit closer to "getting a grip" on the concept of archetypes...
Since the archetypes already "have a good grip" on you, I think it's only fair that you have an opportunity to get a grip on them...
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"All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes." CG Jung - The Structure of the Psyche