The Clown – part of our Jungian films series
Part of our series of short comedies exploring spirituality, depth-psychology, fairy tales and myths.
A balloon-selling clown transforms the life of a hard-hearted CEO.
This film reminds us of the holiday film, “A Christmas Carol.” It also leads us to thinking of the concept of Persona from C G Jung.
The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it; namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor. But the mirror lies behind the mask and shows the true face.“Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious” (1935). In CW 9, Part I: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. P.43
The ego refers to our centre of consciousness which is responsible for our continuing sense of identity throughout our life and the persona is the social mask that we put on. We all embody different masks in different settings, as it is our way to adapt to the demands of society, playing an important part in shaping our social role and in how we deal with other people. But, it also has its dangers.
“The persona is a complicated system of relations between individual consciousness and society, fittingly enough a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual.
Carl Jung, C.W. Vol. 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology