Integration is the process of mixing disparate groups and incorporating previously disconnected entities into one larger entity. Social integration is the movement of historically oppressed minority groups into the dominant society. For example, social integration of students with disabilities enables them to interact in a traditional classroom setting and become part of the social and educational life of other students. In psychology, integration is most commonly used to refer to the Jungian concept of personality integration.
What is Personality Integration?
Carl Jung argued that a significant goal of psychological development is the process of individuation—the ability to separate oneself from others as a unique personality. Integration, according to Jung, is the process during which both the individual and collective unconscious are integrated into the personality. Integration is a positive psychological development that indicates psychological maturity and may help an individual move past negative habits.
Other Forms of Integration
In contemporary society, integration is commonly used to refer to the integration of racial, ethnic, and other minorities into the dominant group.
- American Psychological Association. APA concise dictionary of psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009. Print.
- Lott, B. E., & Maluso, D. (1995). The social psychology of interpersonal discrimination. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
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JoseSeptember 10th, 2017 at 8:24 PM
I want to integrate my personality. do you know how I can do this?
TomJanuary 3rd, 2018 at 7:12 AM
My opinion, is that it takes:
1. Therapy, if you can.
2. Reading, stuff like mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies (DBT, MBCT, ACT), interpersonal neurobiology, trauma work if it is relevant to you (Somatic Experiencing, The Body Keeps the Score, etc), attachment work.
3. Mindfulness practice.
4. Reflection, journaling, etc.
Hope that helps. A more specific question can get you better answers.
SaucedoMay 5th, 2020 at 3:32 PM
Article leaves much to be desired. It’s just the 1000th rewrite of Jungian terms that doesn’t answer a fairly specific question that has been asked many times by everyday Jose’s around the world and across time . The article’s author and Tom would have been correct to honestly admit that they don’t have an ACTUAL clue about how one can “integrate their personality”. Jung’s THEORY of Individuation is a THEORY and was not actually laid out as a step-by-step process for common folk by it’s author. The answer is provided in some detail at the rate of $50-150 an hour weekly for five to ten years. If you have more money and free time, you can add $50 – 150, 000 and four to eight years towards Jungian Analyst training and certification. If you, like the majority, don’t have such money and free time resources, then you have to find a Jungian Analyst willing to extend the privilege of paying off the Analyst’s educational and living expenses across five to ten years whereby the Analysand is given just enough crumbs every week to keep coming back for the answers he seeks.
Also Tom is wrong. A more specific question will not improve his ability to provide a better answer – as if.
BenjamminApril 28th, 2021 at 8:52 AM
Possible. Yes. Difficult. Yes. Necessary? Absolutely.
JustinFebruary 15th, 2022 at 7:33 AM
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
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