A mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual”.
A strong ego relates to the outside world through a flexible persona.
Identifications with a specific persona inhibits psychological development.
The persona is a semblance.
The dissolution of the persona is therefore absolutely necessary for individuation.
One result of the dissolution of the persona is the release of fantasy into disorientation.
One possible reaction to the resulting experience of archetypal chaos was what Jung called "the regressive restoration of the persona", whereby the protagonist laboriously tries to patch up his social reputation within the confines of a much more limited personality... pretending that he is as he was before the crucial experience.
The alternative is to endure living with the absence of the persona.
Those trapped at such a stage remain "blind to the world, hopeless dreamers spectral Cassandras dreaded for their tactlessness, eternally misunderstood.
Recovery, the aim of individuation, "is not only achieved by work on the inside figures but also, as conditio sine qua non, by a readaptation in outer life.
This includes the recreation of a new and more viable persona.
Developing a stronger persona might feel inauthentic, like learning to play a role" but if one cannot perform a social role then one will suffer.
Jung himself was always concerned to distinguish the persona as an external function from those images of the unconscious he called Archetypes.
Jung recommended conversing with archetypes as a therapeutic technique he himself had employed yet he stressed that it would indeed be the height of absurdity if a man tried to have a conversation with his persona, which he recognized merely as a psychological means of relationship.
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