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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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One can readily see how this reading of individuation as potential for reinterpretation would confirm Hansen's suspicion that Stiegler, as with other thinkers of 'technesis', simply reduces the technical, through interpretation, to the exteriorisation of thought.
The point here is not, as Hansen argues, a narrow claim about the 'technical contamination' of perception, but to establish through the concept of tertiary memory a wider argument about the intrinsic link between technical, psychic and collective individuation. This indeed involves a substantial rethinking of Simondon and a rearticulation of his work with the 'technesis' tradition that Hansen identifies in Heidegger and Derrida.
This leads him to a version of individuation that is perhaps too focused on human individuation, psychic or collective.
are the resources of individuation. These potentialities are contained
out of which the dynamic of individuation is able to develop and sustain
individuation and continues to be so; and editing is identified as a key
In order to identify different aspects of adolescent individuation as described by Blos and Josselson researchers mainly use self-reported questionnaires, e.g.
Therefore, the prevailing view in the recent research on adolescent individuation is that developing responsible autonomy without threatening emotional bond to parents leads to better psychological adjustment.
While adolescent's idealisation of parents and need for parental support slightly decreased with age and separation issues were more characteristic in younger than older adolescents, the authors could not find support for healthy individuation, when measured as a separate dimension, as the characteristic outcome of individuation process in late adolescence (e.g., Puklek Levpuscek, 2006).
It is very interesting to set Scheler's thought on personal individuation in relation to Jorge Gracia's account of the principium individuationis (which is meant by Gracia as a general account for all individuals and not just for persons).(27) For Gracia a being is individual only through its existence.
It is also interesting to set Scheler's account of personal individuation in relation to the Aristotelian theory of matter as the principle of individuation: "the ultimate and authentic principium individuationis in man (and not in angels only, as St.
Now this account of personal individuation is strictly limited to the personal in man; it is not meant to apply to the vital part of the soul.