Two Essays on Analytical Psychology CW 7

When we analyse the persona we strip off the mask, and discover that what seemed to be individual is at bottom collective; in other words, that the persona was only a mask of the collective psyche. Fundamentally the persona is nothing real: it is a compromise between individual and society as to what a man should appear to be.

He takes a name, earns a title, exercises a function, he is this or that.

In a certain sense all this is real, yet in relation to the essential individuality of the person concerned it is only a secondary reality, a compromise formation, in making which others often have a greater share than he.

The persona is a semblance, a two-dimensional reality, to give it a nickname. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 246