- the act of individuating.
- state of being individuated; individual existence; individuality.
- Philosophy. the determination or contraction of a general nature to an individual mode of existence; development of the individual from the general.
- psychol the loss of a person’s sense of individuality and personal responsibility
- the act or process of individuating
- (in the psychology of Jung) the process by which the wholeness of the individual is established through the integration of consciousness and the collective unconscious
- zoology the development of separate but mutually interdependent units, as in the development of zooids forming a colony
1620s, from Medieval Latin individuationem, noun of action from individuare, from individuus (see individual). Psychological sense is from 1909.
- The act or process of becoming distinct or individual, especially the process by which social individuals become differentiated one from the other.
- In Jungian psychology, gradual integration and unification of the self through the resolution of successive layers of psychological conflict.
- The formation of distinct organs or structures through the interaction of adjacent tissues in an embryo.