On March 11, 2021 the monthly session of the Community Leadership Development Program was Exploring Our Idealized Self Image presented by Kent Peterson. To maintain privacy of the 23 attendees from the Mankind Project, Kent separately recorded his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
As Leaders, it is helpful to recognize the personas (or masks) that people work diligently to convey. We will consider the concept of an idealized self-image that forms from early childhood, becomes unconscious, and affects how we view ourselves and the world.
We explore three primary personas – power, love, and serenity – that people unconsciously put on to impress others, reflecting idealized images of who they strive to be, and that are ultimately impossible to measure up to. Interacting with other men, we will consider how our mission statements might reveal clues to the images or masks we may carry. We will look at what’s beneath them, and how to feel, be, and act more authentically.
During this 47 minute presentation originally given on March 11, 2021 to 23 members of the Mankind Project, you will:
- Explore three different personas or masks – power, love, and serenity
- Identify, share and discuss the primary persona you have chosen
- Discuss ways to get beyond your masks and find deeper authenticity, self-acceptance and love for your true selves
The presenter, Kent Peterson has been an active leader in men’s groups for 36 years. He has a lifelong commitment to personal growth and spiritual awakening. Professionally, he is a nationally-recognized pioneer in preventive medicine and wellness, occupational health & safety, organizational development and health information systems. His greatest teachers are his beloved children Liesl and Owe and wife Patricia, and his spiritual community.