Individuation and the Individuation Process

In this essay I discuss the significance of both individuation and what Jung refers to as the individuation process. Individuation is the natural fulfillment of life which, in some cases, can be perverted. I turn to several psychologists, both developmental and individual, for thoughtful observations on how lives can find fulfillment and individuate in the normal way.

I also compare the theoretical edifice of these psychologies with Jung’s views in order to emphasize the difference between them and, consequently, to highlight what Jung means by the individuation process. Essentially it refers to conscious individuation and ultimately involves a process whereby the teleology of the Self super-seeds the telos of nature, while embracing and transforming it.

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