The Persona, the Mask, and Social Media: Maggie McAlister

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Date(s) - 27/01/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Oxford - Friends Meeting House


The Persona, the Mask, and Social Media

‘The most important thing about acting is honesty. If you can fake that you’ve got it made.’ George Burns

Maggie McAlister

In this talk, I would like to present some clinical material concerning Jung’s idea of the persona, focusing in particular on the use of social media, and what Ron Britton terms the ‘as if personality’. The persona was the name given to the mask in Greek drama, worn with the aim of heightening theatrical truth and enabling the suspension of disbelief. Using the mask as metaphor, I would like to explore some clinical material from those patients who struggle with feelings of suspension, where life is lived in the persona, via facebook.

Maggie McAlister is a Jungian Analyst with the Society of Analytical Psychology, a Forensic Psychotherapist (BPC) and also a HCPC registered Arts Psychotherapist. She has worked extensively in the NHS in forensic inpatient secure units and is currently part of an outpatient complex care team. She has published widely and has a private practice in North London.

Chair: Judith Brech


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