chapter  2
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Jung on the archetypes

A vague notion of what would later be called “archetype” began to structure Jung’s thinking as early as 1909, as he searched for a central “nuclear complex” in the psyche. On the hunch that all humans have a fundamentally similar manner of organizing and interpreting the world, it seemed that mythology would hold the key. For it is ancient, held sacred by entire peoples, and explores the fundamental questions: who we are, where we come from, what our purpose is and the absurdity of death.1