Individuation means being yourself, becoming yourself. Nowadays one always uses the cheap word “self-realisation,” [or, more recently, “your most authentic self”]. But what one really means is ego-realization. Jung means something quite different. He means the realisation of one’s own predestined development. That does not always suit the ego, but it is what one intrinsically feels could or should be. We are neurotic when we are not what God meant us to be. Basically, that’s what individuation is all about. One lives one’s destiny. Then usually one is more humane, less criminal, less destructive to one’s environment.
– Von Franz, “The Geography of the Soul,” interview in In Touch, Summer 1993, p. 12.