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Who we appear to be- may not be who we are
Who we appear to be- may not be who we are.
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
The following poem is written about one aspect of Jungian psychology, the persona or mask that we all wear to conform and to relate favourably to other people within society. It has its value of course, but it also has its drawbacks.
As a consequence of our ill-construed concept of sharing,
We form superficial relationships based on persona.
What people see of us is limited by that persona,
limited to the parameters of image and survival.
We come home, place down the briefcase and assume another persona,
another mask of our psyche, to appease and to survive.
Who we are in the end, is lost in our unconscious,
limited and repressed by our ego.
Without the expression of the archetypes within us,
we are shells of a manufactured fabric.
Without synthesis there is no truth, no reality,
merely an imbalanced personality trapped in a self-made prison.
Conformity then becomes the over riding archetype,
application the value of success.
When the persona becomes inflated, we become too reliant on the persona
and it casts aside other aspects of the personality,
alienating one’s own nature,
until unable to live up to the standards set,
we can become alienated from community,
feeling inferior and lonely.
Life then becomes empty and meaningless.
All this because we place so much emphasis on how we are perceived,
accepted and conform to society.
It is therefore apt that we seek to find balance in all we do.