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
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n the quality of being individual

Synonyms:
individualism, individuality
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

n discriminating the individual from the generic group or species

Synonyms:
individualisation, individualization
Type of:
discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

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