The Public Persona Pitfall

Publicity is becoming more and more prevalent for not just celebrity culture, but the culture that is traditionally commonplace. Despite more accessibility to things such as camera’s, editing software, and relatively and easy stardom, everyone has always had a domestic nature and a public persona. Naturally, these elements would oppose each other because your domestic nature is reserved for your family. It is sensible to deduct that you would be protective of your nature and develop a different persona to handle the public with to arguably dissuade them from getting to know what is underneath. I have always been fascinated with how people tend to change unconsciously upon exposure to environmental variants. A public persona is not a new idea, though it is an idea that is much more hyper-focussed contemporarily, and not always thought as to be a direct opposer to your authentic self.

Alienating the different compositions to what creates the whole of an individual is essential in order to specialize within distinct life compartments; you behave differently in front of your family than you do with your lover, and you treat complete strangers differently than you treat your best friend (in most cases). Being able to delineate the type of role you play in each field of your life can help you tremendously in terms of how to navigate the specific theme your life will take on relative to such field. Sometimes splitting yourself up into parts is the only way to effectively recognize the overall theme that serves as the basis for the larger picture of your life, as understanding each part intimately is what gives you character and depth.

The need to assert ourselves forward to the masses is a troubling prospect, though an important one in terms of integrating humanity into a collective force. It makes sense that this nature would oppose what typically comforts our primal nature, as developing yourself professional demands you to have discipline: the ability to counteract impulses with conscious thought.

A mythological story that helps encapsulate such struggle that the current generation experiences more than the previous (arguably) is the story of Narcissus, and how he fell in love with his image and betrayed himself in the process. Such demonstrates the danger of developing a persona without master a sense of self firstly, which results in the hollowing of a person who will most definitely succumb to tyrannical desires more easily than he who understands the direction of his moral compass before all else and tailors his public ascent around these virtues.

A beneficial practice one can try is assessing the quality of spirit within the willing participants of those surrounding; those who dress provocatively or in a fashion that will typically bring forth attention, who do not make eye contact easily when an intimate opportunity to get to know someone arises, typically will be someone demonstrating narcissistic qualities. Whether you are a female calling attention to external assets, or a man focussed on being large and taking up space with his body even though his presence is meek, such are dangerous pitfalls that humans fall into when there is a deep-seated belief that one’s most basic sense of self is not alone good enough for others; they do not just compensate with looks, but steal potential energy from that source of self and attribute it to the external attributes of one’s appeal in hopes of attracting something that they believe they cannot possess independantly.

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