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Who am I?

English Presentation on Personas
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Annalisa Carlino

on 25 April 2010

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Annalisa Carlino
Professor Barbour
H111
English Presentation Role-play and the Self Influences
on
the
Self Parents & Peers Environment
Home Life
Location
Financial Stabiliy
Media Another Major Influence Ourselves MEANING How we think influences how we act, are, etc. We have control over who we are and what we do. How humans act influence many things, from how others percieve us, what companies sell, if we can get through airport security, and our relations with other people, countries, etc. We'll call these outside factors. This then returns full circle to influence how we think about ourselves. It is a circle of influence. Influence With all of these factors influencing each other, its a miracle we all aren't crazy. This is thanks to a mental defense
system, known as a persona. This might sound a bit like mind reading.
It isn't.

Nope. self definition
noun
1.) the identity, character, or essential qualities of any person or thing

2.) one's own person as distinct from all others

3.) one's own welfare, interest, or advantage; selfishness obsessed with self http://www.yourdictionary.com/self The persona is also like a subconscious filter, typically telling you when you can act a certain way, and when you shouldn't. You probably notice how people act differently around some people, in comparison to how they act around others.

IE-
quiet and mature at home w/ parents
BUT
loud and off the wall antics w/ friends You may even do this yourself This is all normal. In fact, we need
personas to survive.

Mario Jacoby, author of Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem, writes that ‘It would be impossible to survive our daily lives without the persona… [Carl] Jung saw the persona as vitally necessary for adaptation to the exterior world. It is an innate human response…’

Carl Jung? Who is he? This is an inside factor. Carl Jung was a colleague of Sigmund Freud, the neurologist known for his theories of the unconscious mind and repression, and for creating the practices for treating psychopathology by use of psychoanalysis.

Where Freud claimed that “the goal of therapy is to make the unconscious conscious”, Jung decided to devote his research to understanding the unconscious mind, the activities that occur within our minds that we seldom realize happen, and mostly of their own accord. Jung believed the persona was an important part of the human psyche, a part that without, the human being could no exist. The persona was a built in “defend and deceive” mechanism, as people were only meant to show a small bit of themselves, in effect deceiving others to protect both themselves and those around them. What!? This thing that I told
you is perfectly normal and necessary
can decieve people? Yep. =( Dr. C. George Boeree, a retired psychology Professor at Shippensburg University writes that ‘the persona is the mask you put on before you show yourself to the outside world….

At its best, it is just the “good impression” we all wish to present as we fill the roles society requires of us. But, of course, it can also be the “false impression” we use to manipulate people’s opinions and behaviors.

And, at its worst, it can be mistaken, even by ourselves, for our true nature: Sometimes we believe we really are what we pretend to be.’ WHOAH! We can decieve ourselves?

You bet. With all the 'noise' coming in from
the media, our friends, our familes; basically
everyone is trying to influence who we are.
So... we start doing this to please this person
and start acting this way around this person.

Pretty soon, we aren't being ourselves anymore. Let's slow down a bit here. We aren't talking decieving like out-right lying and backstabing and other sorts of foul images the term brings up. We just mean that we aren't showing who we really are to the rest of the world. We aren't necessarily lying, but we aren't telling the truth either. No wonder so many teens and adults are wandering around, searching for where they fit in and not finding anything! They aren't able to find what makes them happy, because they really don't know. They've been lying to themselves for so long, they don't know which persona is their true self. Each change to our self comes out as a seperate persona. How we act alone is one persona, and how we act in the company of friends or coworkers is another. Each one is a 'mask', designed to hide our feelings and thoughts from those that would use them against us or for personal gain. What about people who intentionally make other 'selves'? Role-Playing Game-
A game in which players assume the roles of characters and act out fantastical adventures, the outcomes of which are partially determined by chance, as by the roll of dice. Mystical Realms is a storytelling community of role-players from all over the world, playing by chat and forums. Also computer games, such as EverQuest, Neverwinter Nights, Runescape, Guild Wars and World of Warcraft. Pen and Paper games as well= Dungeons and Dragons. All of these require a great amount of effort
to make or play and succeed at the game. Example-> Nex Confusion arrives when these fictional characters become more and more integrated with player's real life. Example-> Video People don't tend to realize
just how complex the brain is.
Here, it is creating and using a defense
mechanism, that if misunderstood, can be
a dangerous to both others and ourselves. I believe this is how people
get completely addicted to
gaming. They lose contact
with their real self, and all they have left to rely on is this fictionalized character they created.
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