Definition copyright © Daryl Sharp, condensed from: C. G. Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)
Latin, "actor's mask." It is the partially calculated public face an individual assumes in relating to others. The persona is derived from the expectations of society and the early training by parents and teachers. It is the role one plays in society, useful both in facilitating contact with others and as a protective covering, but inhibiting when one identifies with it.