The process of forming and specializing one's individual nature. It is the developmental process of the psychological individual or personality
A primary theme of the archetypal journey of the hero, the discovery of the authentic self in all its complexity. See "self."
A process of differentiation, the end result of which is development of the individual personality that is separate and distinct from all others.
The process, generally experienced in the transitional period between early and middle adulthood, whereby an adult becomes more reflective about his/her life and increasingly compassionate, accepting and more loving of self and others.
Jung's term for the process of becoming fully adult by taking personal responsibility for all of one's thoughts and actions. These include the withdrawal of projections upon people, places and things.
(Jungian) the process of becoming an individual
the process of developing a set of attitudes and beliefs that are distinct from those of one's parents.
An inner process which involves an increasing awareness of one's unique psychological reality, including personal strengths and limitations. It leads to the experience of the Self (Soul) as the regulating center of the psyche as well as an enhanced compassion for both self (ego) and human beings in general. Individuation is informed by the archetypal idea of wholeness which in turn depends on a vital relationship between ego and unconscious. The aim is not to overcome one's personal psychology, to become perfect, but to become familiar with it thus increasing one's ability to live authentically.
The conscious realization and fulfillment of one's unique being. It is associated with typical archetypal imagery and leads to the experiencing of the Self as the center of the personality, transcending the ego. It begins with one or more decisive experiences challenging egocentricity, producing the aware ness that the ego is subordinate to a more comprehensive psychic entity.
Jung's term for the process of approaching personal wholeness by integrating the "conscious" and "unconscious" aspects of one's own "personality". Normally characterized by diversification in the first half of life and integration in the second half.
"Individuation means becoming an 'in-dividual,' and, insofar as 'individuality' embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one's own self." -- C. G. Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, par. 266.
Individuation is the name given to processes whereby the undifferentiated tends to become individual, or to those processes through which differentiated components tend toward becoming a more indivisible whole.