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We all have a…Persona   Leave a comment

I don’t mean in the sense of the Anime or Video Game that’s got me thinking about the word PERSONA lately.

First, here’s the definition courtesy of DIctionary.com:

per·so·na

[per-soh-nuh]

noun, plural per·so·nae [-nee], per·so·nas.

1. a person.
2. personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
3. the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
4. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality (contrasted with anima ).
5. a person’s perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.
Note the ones I bolded. Those are the parts I’m focusing on. Yes, there is a psychology on Personas. And yes, everyone has one. Those two links go into detail on the subject but I’ll try explaining it in short here.

Like I said, everyone has a persona. Everyone has a persona for how they want the people they interact with to view them. It’s our nature. For the most part, we want others to see our potential and out strengths while minimizing or hiding our weaknesses and deficiencies.

Let’s take a look at Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Both are most known for their music careers. For many, that is the only aspect of them that they really knew. As we knew well before their untimely deaths, they had their share of troubles. Michael Jackson’s in particular nearly destroyed his legacy.

One of the main themes of Persona 4 is facing yourself. The main characters face Shadow versions of themselves. These Shadows are revealed to actually be their suppressed feelings and emotions made manifest. The worlds they’re found in can be viewed as the world from their perspective. For those familiar with Persona 4, the reason Chie and Yukiko and Rise and Teddie share the same area is because each pair has a similar complex. With Chie and Yukiko they have a dependance on each other and feel their friendship is what gives the other purpose. With Rise and Teddie, Rise wants everyone to know the real Rise and not the Idol while with Teddie, he simply wants to know who he is and fears there is no real Teddie to begin with.

Another aspect of Persona 4 is the main characters accepting their other self as a part of them. At first they reject their “Shadow Selves” because let’s be honest, few would willingly share their dirty laundry with their loved ones, let alone complete strangers! As many of you have come to know I am one of the few. I’ve said some things about myself on this blog and on You Tube that shouldn’t be openly shared. This brings me back to accepting everything about yourself.

More times than I care to admit I’ve been forced to face some inconvenient truths about myself. I’ve accepted every aspect of me as a part of me. Weather other folks do or not is another matter entirely. As long as I’m happy with myself nothing else matters.

In closing, how we are with everyone we interact with evolves as we get to know each other. A bond forms even if we don’t realize it right away. The more we get to know each other, the more our Persona becomes more complex and yet simple at the same time.

It’s the beauty of making connections.

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