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individuation

 [in″dĭ-vid″u-a´shun]
1. the process of developing individual characteristics.
2. differential regional activity in the embryo occurring in response to organizer influence.
3. in jungian psychology, the process of maturation and development and realization of the individual personality. In immature personalities, the process of individuation and self-realization is delayed. See also jung.

in·di·vid·u·a·tion

(in'di-vid'yū-ā'shŭn),
1. Development of the individual from the specific.
2. In jungian psychology, the process by which one's personality is differentiated, developed, and expressed.
3. Regional activity in an embryo as a response to an organizer.

individuation

(ĭn′də-vĭj′o͞o-ā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of individuating, especially the process by which social individuals become differentiated one from the other.
2. The condition of being individuated; individuality.
3. In Jungian psychology, the gradual integration and unification of the self through the resolution of successive layers of psychological conflict.
4. Embryology Formation of distinct organs or structures through the interaction of adjacent tissues.

in·di·vid·u·a·tion

(in'di-vij'yū-ā'shŭn)
1. Development of the individual from the specific.
2. jungian psychology The process by which one's personality is differentiated, developed, and expressed.
3. Regional activity in an embryo as a response to an organizer.

Patient discussion about individuation

Q. How do vaccines protect individuals from infectious diseases? Is it a 100% protection? And how come there are diseases without a vaccine?

A. Vaccine is a part of a pathogen (sometime the pathogen itself without the harmful part in it) that we inject to our self in order to get the body “ready” to meet the real disease. Unfortunately not all of the bacteria and viruses have vaccines. Some of them we can not mimic their proteins safely enough, or it won’t work any way. And sometimes it’s only partly effective, the body remembers it but not too well. So some of the vaccines offer only a partial protection.

Q. What kinds of jobs can individuals with autism do, so that they can enjoy life? My friend’s brother feels very bored at home and he often tells me that he is not finding any meaning for his life. What kinds of jobs can individuals with autism do, so that they can enjoy life?

A. Assure him that he is not the one who is alone with these types of negative feelings. In general, individuals with autism perform best at jobs which are structured and involve a degree of repetition. Some people who have autism are working as artists, piano tuners, painters, farm workers, office workers, computer operators, dishwashers, assembly line workers, or competent employees of sheltered workshops or other sheltered work settings.

Q. Regular participation in aerobic exercise lowers an individual's risk of developing cancer? I am a regular participant of aerobic, so the regular participation in aerobic exercise lowers an individual's risk of developing cancer?

A. You have some reason to be happy. Research suggests that exercise often modifies some of the risk factors associated with certain kinds of cancer. Obesity has been linked to cancer of the breast and the female reproductive system. Regular exercise has been shown to help promote weight loss. Several studies have also found that men who worked at sedentary jobs for most of their lives had a greater incidence of colon cancer than those in more active jobs. Exercise will not compensate the effects of a high-fat diet or smoking. Still it can contribute, even indirectly, to a reduced risk of cancer. As such, exercising regularly is recommended by the ACS [American Cancer Society] as an integral part of its cancer prevention program.

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Second, as noted, this composition brings with itself a memory of its prior individuations. Here, Gilbert Simondon's notion of transindividuality--a concept that is conspicuously absent from Dividuum--would have been useful to eviscerate the interior dimension of condividual being.
Initially, the unsettling consequences of setting on the path of individuation are those of internal and external alienation.
Stiegler sees the 'loss of individuation' extended in hyperindustrial society to consciousness through new teletechnologies and their 'industrialisation of memory'.
separation individuation. This is a normative developmental process by which children and adolescents become autonomous, create boundaries, and develop an identity, thereby improving one's adaptability as an adolescent/ emerging adult.
The process of individuation gradually transforms the whole of a person in a unique wholeness.
The term Weltanschauung emphasizes this intimate link between the creative activity of philosophizing and the process of individuation, which engages the whole person.
Allan Wolter has noted that the philosophical question of what precisely individuates something has theological implications: "The problem of individuation in the latter portion of the thirteenth century became one of the more controversial and hotly discussed issues in university circles, especially at Paris and Oxford." (54) Although the philosophical and theological milieu out of which Scotus's approach arises helps contextualize the radicality of his thought in contradistinction to his predecessors and contemporaries, the limited scope of this article prevents my exploring the various theories of individuation that Scotus considered prior to advancing his own argument.
We are so strictly bound by the fundamental principles of the ancient philosophy which we have imbibed with our mother's milk that every attempt to oppose to these principles the truth of the Bible appears Once deconstructed and re-interpreted through Hebraic optics, the Babel narrative can be appreciated as a life-affirming story wherein a loving Deity (father figure) acted according to the best interests of His children (the Multitude), promoting their emotional maturity and psychological individuation, subsequently creating a space that facilitates the integration of their death anxiety with a vitalizing, life-affirming sense of self.
After adjusting for the potential effects of parental education, maternal education and the economic level of the family, children with ADHD reported a poorer family atmosphere and less individuation of family members than control children.
And even if the reply comes that these are the same 'god', the problem of individuation is not resolved; for 'god', like 'thing', 'reality', or 'being', has no class of objects in which it neatly fits.
According to Jung, the interaction of these archetypal images represents the process of individuation. Daryl Sharp, a Jungian scholar, describes individuation as "a process formed by the archetypal ideal of wholeness, which in turn depends on a vital relationship between ego and unconsciousness" (67).

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