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Persona: Social Role and Personality
by Helen Harris Perlman
University of Chicago Press, 1986
Cloth: 978-0-226-66030-1 | eISBN: 978-0-226-22239-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-66028-8

Persona is the Latin word for the mask used in Greek drama with which the actor assumed his role and defined his identity. Perlman analyzes the way in which adult roles assumed in work, marriage, and parenthood continue to shape human personality. Referring to Freud's definition of maturity as the ability to love and to work, she discusses how a person makes himself known through the roles involved in loving and working, what expectations a person brings to each role, and what personal changes can come about through the demands of being a worker, marriage partner, and parent.

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