Persona: Where Sacred Meets Profane

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The persona is our mask - the place in our personality where who we are perceived to be confronts who we really are. But, as C. G. Jung understood, the persona is not to be disregarded in the search for our true selves, but rather to be honored as an essential part of the rich and complex configuration of the whole person. Robert Hopcke underscores the persona's essential role of mediator between our inner and outer worlds. He follows the concept from Jung's original theory into its persistent manifestations in ...
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The persona is our mask - the place in our personality where who we are perceived to be confronts who we really are. But, as C. G. Jung understood, the persona is not to be disregarded in the search for our true selves, but rather to be honored as an essential part of the rich and complex configuration of the whole person. Robert Hopcke underscores the persona's essential role of mediator between our inner and outer worlds. He follows the concept from Jung's original theory into its persistent manifestations in traditional rituals and the arts, and on into the lives of real men and women to explore such questions as: what is the result of identifying too completely with one's persona?; is it possible not to have a persona?; what part does persona play in sex roles and communication between the sexes?; how do people whose inner selves clash with cultural expectations - like women, gays and lesbians, and people of color - use their personas to adapt?

The persona is our mask--the place in our personality where public and private meet, where who we are collides with who we're told we should be. In the first book devoted entirely to the key Jungian concept of persona, Hopcke uses case histories from his practice as a Jungian therapist to explore this concept.

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In Jungian psychology, the persona is each individual's presentation to the world-our dress, facial expressions, and patterns of speech and action-that reveals or disguises the true self. According to Jungian psychotherapist Hopcke (A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Shambhala, 1992), most Jungian therapists despise the persona as a false and limiting "mask" and therefore neglect problems that their patients encounter in daily interaction with others in favor of more "soulful" approaches. Here he covers such issues as treatment of the inappropriate or inadequate persona, persona conflicts of minorities, and religious and artistic persona manipulations. Although this book is a much-needed counterweight to the introspective tendencies of most Jungians, it is limited by the author's failure to read outside his own narrow field. Books like Erving Goffman's classic Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959) covers much the same material. For Jungian therapy or depth psychology collections.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877736578
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/14/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Jung, Jungians, and the Persona
1 The Persona in Jung's Theory and in Jungian Thought 9
Pt. 2 The Persona and Therapy
2 Persona Identification 30
3 Lack of Persona 58
Pt. 3 Cultural Politics Meets the Psyche: The Persona and Social Outsiders
4 People of Color and the Dilemma of Invisibility 98
5 Gay Men and Lesbians: Out of the Closets, Into the Streets 121
6 Sexism and Persona: Wounded Women, Wounded Men 147
7 On Culture, Psyche and Outsiderhood: Conclusion 178
Pt. 4 Persona and Spirit
8 Persona and Ritual: The Mask as Archetypal Symbol of Transformation 187
9 The Artistic Function of the Mask: Persona and Purpose in Italian Opera 213
Notes 243
Bibliography 250
Credits 254
Index 255
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