Psychosocial integration

Bruce K. Alexander (The Globalisation Of Addiction: A Study In Poverty Of The Spirit, 2008): “‘Psychosocial integration’ is a profound interdependence between individual and society that normally grows and develops throughout each person’s lifespan. Psychosocial integration reconciles people’s vital needs for social belonging with their equally vital needs for individual autonomy and achievement. Psychosocial integration is as much an inward experience of identity and meaning as a set of outward relationships. An enduring lack of psychosocial integration, which is called ‘dislocation’ …, is both individually painful and socially destructive. … Psychosocial integration is experienced as a sense of identity, because stable social relationships provide people with a set of duties and privileges that define who they are in their mind.”