Origin of individuation
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- 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
Word Origin and History for deindividuation
1620s, from Medieval Latin individuationem, noun of action from individuare, from individuus (see individual). Psychological sense is from 1909.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.