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The Expansion Of The Group And The Development Of Individuality

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The individual peculiarity of the personality and the social influences, interests, and relationships by which one is bound to one's social circle manifest a relationship in the course of their two-sided development: that individuality of being and doing increases to the extent that the social circle surrounding the individual expands. One could speak of a quota of the tendency toward individualization and one toward non-differentiation that is determined by the personal, historical, and social environment and that remains the same, whether it is brought to fruition by the purely personal formation or by the social community to which the personality belongs. We lead, so to speak, a double or, if one will, halved existence: one time as an individual inside the social circle, with a perceptible separation from its other members, but then also as a member of this circle, in disengagement from what does not belong to it.

Keywords: individuality; social circle; social relationships

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