Uniqueness pp 195-219 | Cite as

Individuation: The Pursuit of Difference

  • C. R. Snyder
  • Howard L. Fromkin
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


With regard to the question of actual human uniqueness, Gordon Allport (1961) has asserted:

the outstanding characteristic of man is his individuality. He is a unique creation of the forces of nature. There was never a person just like him, and there never will be again. Remember the fingerprint, even it is unique. All sciences, including psychology, tend to neglect this paramount fact of individuality. … In daily life, on the other hand, we are in no danger of forgetting that individuality is the supreme mark of human nature. All during our waking life, and even in our dreams, we recognize and deal with people as separate, distinct, and unique individuals.… In view of the uniqueness of each person’s inheritance and environment it could not be otherwise. (p. 4)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Snyder
    • 1
  • Howard L. Fromkin
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.York UniversityDownsviewCanada

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