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I-Other Dialectic

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

I-Other dialectic is when an individual or group constructs self through or from another individual or group, known as the Other. This dialectic takes place at both individual and collective levels.

The concept of I-Other was initially grounded in the psychoanalytic work of Sigmund Freud, who theorized that all human beings are unconsciously connected to the Other. But for Freud, the Other meant one's mother, and much of his work on the I-Other dialectic was grounded in the unconscious and how it manifested in one's sexuality. ...

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