An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness.
The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining individuality, or independence of the individual, in action; the theory or practice of maintaining the independence of individual initiative, action, and interests, as in industrial organization or in government.
The doctrine of following a personal conviction even when it conflicts with what happens to be fashionable or poltically correct. An example of what individualism is not can be found in the following dialogue: Mother (to daughter): Oh look, you've lost an earring! Daughter: No it's quite deliberate, i only wear one earring, it's a way of expressing my individualism. M. (taking off earring): There, now i'm an individualist too! D: No Mummy, you've got it all wrong - it should be the _left_ ear