in·​di·​vid·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce individuation (audio) \

Definition of individuation

1 : the act or process of individuating: such as
a(1) : the development of the individual from the universal
(2) : the determination of the individual in the general
b : the process by which individuals in society become differentiated from one another
c : regional differentiation along a primary embryonic axis
2 : the state of being individuated specifically : individuality

Examples of individuation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In SilentWalk, a free, meditative musical experience, apparent paradoxes abound: individuation leads to community, technology to mindfulness, stimulus to peace. Nicole Blackwood,, "Take a ‘SilentWalk’ in Millennium Park to practice mindfulness in motion," 5 Aug. 2019 Zimbardo continued to study the effects of individuation and social influence as well as therapeutic techniques for survivors of trauma. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 His research focused on individuation the negative forms of social influence (such as conformity, obedience and the bystander effect) and the use of time perspective as therapy after trauma. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 This process of individuation is all the more impressive for its refusal to present its team as a classic band of archetypes. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Wolves’: A Pack of Female Warriors, Each Determined to Score," 11 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of individuation

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Individuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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in·​di·​vid·​u·​a·​tion | \ -ˌvij-ə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce individuation (audio) \

Medical Definition of individuation

1 : the process in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung by which the self is formed by integrating elements of the conscious and unconscious mind
2 : regional differentiation along a primary embryonic axis

Other Words from individuation

individuate \ -​ˈvij-​ə-​ˌwāt How to pronounce individuation (audio) \ transitive verb individuated; individuating

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