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This brings us back to the story of Chicken Little and the metaphors within. Chicken Little is merrily strolling in the forest when something (an acorn) falls on her head. She doesn’t look up. She doesn’t investigate to see what it is. She gets frightened instead of directing her attention to where the hint came from. She panics and decides to warn everyone she comes across that “the sky is falling!” Her hysteria is transferred to the others and they panic too. In the process, Chicken Little misses the full message and she leads everyone off-track to focus on an unseen pending apocalyptic disaster, seemingly of an imminent environmental kind. In this context, modern man and woman were merrily exercising their will to pleasure in traffic-jammed, smog-clogged cities around the world while being happily distracted by their entertainment systems and electronic gadgets, when the predictions of an ancient belief system…

What is individuation? In a nutshell, it is purposeful personal growth. According to Jung, individuation is a lifetime’s work while being at the same time a natural process of maturing. The idea is for an individual to enhance and deepen this process by consciously working on the unconscious, the unexplored parts of our personality and character. This would lead us to our authentic selves by discovering, or rather uncovering, the real self as opposed to the ego-self, which we usually tend to live by. Individuation is not individualism: “Individuation differs from individualism in that the former deviates from collective norms but retains respect for them, while the latter eschews them entirely”.[1] In Carl Jung’s own words (Quoted from Wikepedia)  …Individuation is a process of psychological differentiation, having for its goal the development of the individual personality. “In general, it is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated;…