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Individuation

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Individuation refers to the emergence of a person's differentiated identity in relation to the larger group of individuals with whom he or she is situated. From an onlooker's perspective, a person becomes individuated whenever he or she begins to be recognized as a unique person within a larger crowd, not only as a result of physical location or appearance but mostly as a result of the person's habits, character, and personality. To be differentiated from the group, a person must have, ...

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