Mask -Social Mask – Person

Social Mask – Person

The person in Greek means the mask, it comes from the character the actor plays in a song and until the end he gets to identify with it.

Carl Gustav Jung says of the person that “it is a functional complex consisting of adaptive reasons or necessary comfort, but which does not identify with the individuality”. This complex refers exclusively to the relationship with the external objects.

The person is a compromise between the individual and the society.

When building our own persona – the mask  – three aspects are important:

There is an ideal in the soul of each of us

The image that the environment makes about man

Our mental and physical potential that automatically imposes limits on the ideal self

A man can have more masks, more faces. At home he can wear a mask and at work another mask, and also when he goes to play sports another mask. All these faces of his, constitute his persona. It simply complies in different situations depending on his personal needs.

Of course, how we behave in society a significant social factor. But no one before Carl Gustav Jung made it clear that this  innate, it represents an archetype of the collective unconscious.

The person – the mask- for our personality can be harmful or beneficial.

Thus, if the man is too preoccupied with the role he plays in society then he identifies himself with this role and the other part of the personality remains latent. In this case, the individual may live in a major conflict due to the person he is showing on the outside and the other part of his personality, which remains hidden, here the neurosis appears.

The ego identified with the person – the mask – determines the inflation of the individual.

Parents, in some cases project their own persona on children with deep and multiple consequences on the construction of children’s personality. Thus the psychic structure of the child can be altered, in fact falsified by the pressure of education in the sense that it is strictly desired by the parents, which can surely lead to neurosis. This may be an explanation for the self-efficacy of adolescents, especially between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

Also, by the fact that we want for our children things that they do not want from their depths, they lead them to neurosis, they always become extinguished wherever they go, to be unfit, to be unfriendly because they no longer have natural instincts adapted to the environment (elephant syndrome in the porcelain shop).

Social Masque – Person

The employee who wears the mask 8 to 10 hours a day can remove it when leaving the office and can engage in activities that are more satisfying for him. We can remember, regarding this, of Franz Kafka a writer who worked consciously in an insurance company as a lawyer and who in the evening wrote and followed his cultural activities. Kafka said he hated his job, his service, but that his superiors would never guess this feeling after the way he fulfilled his job duties.

Many people live double lives, one that dominated by the person – the mask – and one that meets the needs of the psychic.

The habits and laws that refer to human behavior are an expression of the group person. They try to impose uniform standards of behavior on the whole group without taking into account the needs of each individual. The risk of mental health due to inflation is of course. On the one hand, the victim of inflation may suffer from feelings of inferiority when he is unable to live at the level expected of him. He may feel rejected by the community and experience feelings of loneliness and uprooting.

  1. G. Jung had a great opportunity to study the effects of the person on an individual because his patients were people who had great achievements and who suddenly understood that their lives were empty and meaningless. In psychoanalysis, they began to realize that they had been lying for years for lying about their feelings and interests and claiming interested in things for which they had no interest.

The purpose of psychoanalytic treatment

The person must be unmasked to allow the other parts of the individual’s nature to express themselves. This is a difficult task for both the psychoanalyst and the patient who identifies with such an inflated mask for many years. The therapy for an inflated person suggests that it is more appropriate for the patient to be a conscious hypocrite than an unconscious one. Ideally there should be no hypocrisy and deception of any kind whatever the situation, the person is a fact of human existence and should be expressed in an honest form.

In our person there is something in full agreement with our personality even if it represents an adaptation or an adaptation to society. When a man well adapted to society but also to his soul, to his interior, then the person is a flexible complex that ensures easy communication with the world. If a man perfectly adapted to the outside world then he a man of the masses  a popular man and if he adapted only to his own I, only to his interior, he will pass as a stranger (when he does just what he wants).

Jolanda Jacobi says that “any constant maladaptation as well as any identification with a person, especially with an attitude that does not correspond to our real Ego, must lead, therefore, with age, to disorders that can be amplified until crises and illnesses severe psychic. “.

Even if we say that it is a mask, it is an aspect of our identity.

Almost every profession has its own characteristic. The world imposes a certain behavior and people strive to meet expectations.


Danger comes when a person identifies with his person!

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