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Individualism versus individuation

Psychological Perspectives


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Ken Silverstro PhD 677-7282 •

The word individuation is not heard very often. On the other hand, individualism is commonly expressed in our culture. Many people consider the two words to have the same meaning but the two words are very different.

Often people praise, envy or acknowledge individualism. Most people consider individualism to be associated with an accomplishment, an ability to meet life with confidence or achieving a personal level of satisfaction. These descriptions can apply but often individualism actually is associated with someone's ego expressions (values, beliefs and identity), which can include att...

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