individuation

Individuation is the process by which an individual becomes distinct. Individuation distinguishes you from everybody else.

The word individual is a good clue to the meaning of individuation, which is how a being becomes an independent, separate entity. This usually refers to a psychological process described by Carl Jung. For Jung, individuation involved becoming your own person, with your own beliefs and ideals that might be separate from those of your parents and society. Individuation is a lifelong process involving all the choices that make you uniquely yourself. Individuation is also called individualization.

Definitions of individuation
  1. noun
    the quality of being individual
    synonyms: individualism, individuality
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    Antonyms:
    commonality, commonness
    sharing of common attributes
    types:
    singularity, uniqueness
    the quality of being one of a kind
    distinctiveness, peculiarity, speciality, specialness, specialty
    a distinguishing trait
    foible, idiosyncrasy, mannerism
    a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
    type of:
    trait
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  2. noun
    discriminating the individual from the generic group or species
    synonyms: individualisation, individualization
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    type of:
    discrimination, secernment
    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
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