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20 Years Ago, Genocide in Rwanda

David Moshman | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
David Moshman

The Rwanda genocide may seem like a black hole in history, forever beyond human understanding from which no light can ever escape. But historical events can be meaningfully explained and Rwanda is no exception.

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

The Dollhouse Years

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Kristin Armstrong

I see it all around me, women who shrug and describe their purpose as being a wife or a mother when those are roles, not purposes. A ring finger and a uterus do not a calling make (Yoda-speak for think bigger).

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 03.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

3 Ways To Start Defining Success On Your Own Terms

Amita Patel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Amita Patel

Success has ups and downs. Facing your fears is the key to happiness. And real success involves defining it on your own terms. The need for a universal definition of success is what constantly keeps us in a state of lack. Finding true success requires honoring the parts of you that are different than everyone else.

What's Your Story? Making Use of Your Past

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

There is no such thing as a story without a listener. This uniquely human act of telling our story both creates us and connects us. The character we narrate gives birth to the character we are in the context of a relationship.

When Classroom Dramas Play Out in Identity Crises

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 02.25.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Piercing my nose or vacationing in Cape Cod does not make me Indian or Irish. I am both and neither, an absurdity I will struggle to make sense of for the rest of my life.

Stop Bullying My Blackness: A Black History Month Wish

Tré Easton | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

I've never really cared for Black History Month. I like to take the Morgan Freeman approach to these particular issues. Black history is American history and American history is black history.

Why My Skin Color Means I'll Never Feel Like I Belong

Elad Nehorai | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

The world isn't so interested in accepting us, in looking deeper into who we are to define us, but would rather put us into neat categories.

WATCH: Why This Mom Changed Her Baby's Name After 8 Months

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.19.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Naming a child is an important decision for expecting parents, and some end up regretting what gets printed on the birth certificate. Blogger Kelcey K...

10 Best Practices For Staying Present

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Ours is a society obsessed with FOMO. And yet, many of us miss out on the most important thing of all, our own life. Seems we ought to be worrying less about missing the next party and more about missing existence.

Our Common Identity

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

I sometimes wonder if it makes much difference that for some of us, our Christian identity is a vertical identity shared with parents, and for others of us, it is a horizontal identity, an aspect of personality that may even put us at odds with our family of origin.

'Recovering Alcoholic': Words That Stigmatize or Empower?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Is it really stigmatizing these days to identify yourself as a recovering alcoholic or addict? The evidence suggests that, to the contrary, coming to the point where an individual able to embrace that identity can help to solidify his or her recovery.

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.

The Inner Vow of Silence

William Horden | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Not many of us live in monasteries today and modern life seldom permits us to suddenly stop speaking to those around us. But that doesn't mean we can...

The Big B

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Lamble

Bisexuality is a troubling state for many to grasp, simply because it wages war on the very idea of totality. I'm very lucky to have never endured the level of torment and hatred many LGBT people across time and space have.

Frozen Land, Moving Pictures

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Nancy Graham Holm

Scandinavian film buffs know about it, as well as other Europeans, but it remains a secret to most North Americans.

Identity, Self-Knowledge and the Pursuit of Gender Equality

Donna Hakimian | Posted 03.11.2014 | Women
Donna Hakimian

Our identity is often defined, and widely reinforced by the media, solely in material terms. Our ambitions, pursuits, and orientation are to be directed towards superficially pleasing others.

Tikker: The Death/Happiness Watch

Jenny Davis | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
Jenny Davis

Really, the Tikker is not much different than putting an inspirational saying on your bathroom mirror.

A Better Answer to "Who Am I?"

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The casual belief that "I" is very easy to define comes from everyday life. Everyone uses the word all the time, which gives a false sense of security. "I" is the first person, the experiencer. We hang all kinds of labels on it.

Santa Is White, Really!

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Both Kelly and Harris also remind us, if inadvertently and in their own unique ways, that we all want the same things: heroes, real or imagined, with whom we can identify. The real issue is figuring out, and dare I say, expanding, with whom we can identify.

The Truth About My 'Perfect' Life

Dani Shapiro | Posted 02.08.2014 | Women
Dani Shapiro

Do any of us have perfect lives? Or do we carefully curate our public personas, keeping our true selves safe, hidden from view?

Would You Rather Have Your Car Stolen or Your Identity?

Russ Warner | Posted 02.13.2014 | Technology
Russ Warner

Smartphones are a great tool that simplify life, but taking a few precautions and securing the info you put on your phone may result in a more important contribution to keeping your life simple. Identity theft will likely cost you lots of time and lots of money.

Globalization: The World Changes America

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Though sometimes it's hard for many of us Americans to make that distinction, Americanization is only a small part of globalization. And if America is changing the world, the reverse is true also.

'Might Crash Your Internet, And We Ain't Even Into That' -- Mipsterz

Azeem Khan | Posted 02.02.2014 | Style
Azeem Khan

The hijab is not something easy to define or represent. For some women it's a decree, to others a struggle, and to some a joy. Veiled women represent nations, ideologies, identities, struggles, and experience.