Persona 5 - What is Persona? [Persona 5/ P5]

This article contains the overview for Persona 5

What is a Persona? Why do they appear? What are shadows? How does this work in Persona 5? Check it out here for some explanation about it!

Persona Series

What is a Persona?

First off, what is a Persona?

In Jung’s Analytical psychology, a Persona is a mask that we all wear. The Persona is the outer part of the human personality which we deem as socially acceptable. In a personality, there are two components: the Shadow and the Persona. The Shadow is a representation of our primal side. All our desires and inner feelings manifest as shadows. Because some desires may not be socially acceptable, people keep them constantly suppressed.

In Persona 5, the Shadow is a part of a Palace. The palace is a place where all distorted desires come to life. The stronger the desires, the bigger the palace. If one wants to survive in the palace, they must awaken their inner selves. The persona then becomes their crystallized feelings and forms. It takes the form of a mask that, once ripped off, reveals the owner’s true self to the world.

Characters from Persona

While Persona 3 deals with the end of the world and Persona 4 deals with the journey to the Truth, Persona 5 has a different theme. Its theme is related to injustices in society. Many of the characters that are involved in the game have suffered injustice in various ways.

The protagonist is wrongly accused of attacking a man.

Ann Takamaki is coerced into sexual favours for the sake of her friend.

Teachers label Ryuji Sakamoto as a problem student due to his issue with Kamoshida.

Futaba Sakura believes that her mother died hating her due to a falsified will.

Yusuke Kitagawa finds his works being plagiarized by his abusive master.

Haru Okumura is forced into an unwanted arranged marriage by her controlling father.

How to get a Persona

Persona 5 changes up how Persona are acquired. They first appear as Shadows and actually have consciousnesses of their own. Each of them has a particular personality which allows them to interact with the player. Players will need to negotiate with the Persona and convince them to join his cause.

Persona Fusion

Some of the summons can be fused together. Others are found in palaces or in Mementos. Additionally, there are some that are unique to certain requests and areas. If you want to acquire particular summons with certain skills, you have to fuse them properly. One social confidant, the Strength confidant, requires you to fuse them with specific skills.

The fusion also is accompanied by something known as Arcana Burst. This is an ability you can get from the Fool Arcana confidant. This grants the persona you fuse with bonus exp.

Social Stats

Despite being a battle-based game, Persona additionally deals with real-life situations. The character has a number of stats to max out. In doing so, he can accomplish a variety of things. There are certain activities that will allow you to max out your stats. One of the main benefits is that it helps in maxing out Social Links.

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