Identity is the result of the distinction from the other and the internalization of the
relationship to the other; it arises out of the complex history of "differentiation" in
which both the self and the other take part by negotiating their identities in
interaction with one another. Hence, as Paul Ricoeur has argued in Oneself asAnother, "the selfhood of oneself implies otherness to such an intimate degree
that one cannot be thought of without the other" (Ricoeur 1992, 3).