iOS app Android app

Identity

How My Generation's Identity is Shaped by the Internet

Alex Iansiti | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
Alex Iansiti

A troubling identity crisis is becoming apparent in teenagers of my generation. While gender identification may be a more publicized issue, the internet has introduced a significantly more common phenomenon: the separation -- sometimes more like a chasm -- between online and real personas

A Glass Half Full of Hope

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Trisha de Borchgrave

A recent two-page spread in the International New York Times Review section exhumed an inkling of belief that humankind is on the right track. Op-ed...

Become the Strongest Version of Yourself: An Interview with Strength Camp Founder Elliott Hulse

Jairek Robbins | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Jairek Robbins

This interview is going down in the books as one of our all-time favorites. Period.

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Bank

James Altucher | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
James Altucher

I woke up and there were two versions of my latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, listed on Amazon. One was written by "James Altucher" and the other was written by "JAMES ALTUCHER" and had a mysterious "editor" named "MD. YEASIN HOSSAIN".

70-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Discovers Both Of Her Birth Parents Were White

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

For 70 years, Verda Byrd thought she was an African American woman -- until she recently discovered that both of her birth parents were white. Byr...

Global African Artists Explore The Meaning Of Disguise In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

Europa, 2008, Nandipha Mntambo, Swazi, born 1982. Exhibition print 311/2 ×311/2 in. (80 ×80 cm). Photographic composite by Tony Meintjes. Loan fro...

On Solitude In A Waiting Room

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Hannah Lamarque

Amsterdam airport is a huge and stark place. Lit by sheets of neon lights, it towers into the heavens and winds into places unseen. There are other airports which are warmer, more familiar, less intimidating, but as I sit here at 8.30 in the morning, I feel more comforted than I have for a long time.

On Father's Day: War, Memories and Moving On

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

Home for the weekend recently, I chanced upon my father's South Vietnamese Army uniform, the three silver stars still pinned meticulously onto each lapel. Once, as a child, I had looked up to a man who had seemed more like a deity. Hadn't I imagined myself as an adult walking in his soldierly footsteps?

When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Gregg McBride

Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.

TransRacial to TransPresent: The Power of Authentic Presence

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 06.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Am I transracial? Are you? These are questions I had to ask myself this week in light of Rachel Dolezal's situation and the huge response to it. ...

Black Like Me... NOT! Rachel Dolezal and the Myth of (Her) Blackness

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Though Rachel Dolezal might have compassion for what it means to be Black in America, her 15-year-old self would not have suffered the indignities as were meted out to in McKinney, Texas.

Why We're Spending Way Too Much To Look Young

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Why does having a bad hair day make you so miserable? How much will you spend to prevent one in the future? Research suggests the prime reason is that hair maintenance helps us control how we appear to age.

"That's Funny, You Don't Look American!"

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

The first time someone wondered if I was Norwegian, it was actually on a beach in Israel. A new Dutch friend I'd made at a conference came over to me and pointed back to this guy further up the beach and said, "Bjorn wants to know where you're from in Norway."

Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Limits of Social Justice

Athul Acharya | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Athul Acharya

There are no easy answers to these conundrums. The modern politics of identity demands equal and full respect for everyone's self-definition -- but respect is a limited resource.

How to Be an Ally Without Committing Rachel Dolezal's Mistake

Christine Stoddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

White people can, and should be, advocates for non-whites as a way of healing the world's many social injustices. Playing "blackface" is not one of those ways.

Talent Matters: Deliberate Practice Leads to Greatness

Stedman Graham | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

"I am slow to learn and slow to forget what I've learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible...

8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

Maria Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

There is absolutely no room for perfection in parenting. No median. No bike lane. You will screw up. You will doubt yourself at every turn.

Reputation Management + Wealth Management Correlate in Digital

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

Wealth. We all want it, work for it and strive for it throughout lives and careers. Reputation. We all have one. It us up to us to define it,...

Who Are You? Identity and Dementia

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

There is a widespread public perception that dementia can lead to a loss of a sense of self, but this notion has not been rigorously investigated. One way to study this is to look at actual cases of brain degeneration, and see if the damage is linked to identity changes perceived by others. Do people with specific kinds of brain damage become no longer themselves?

Why You're Destroying Your Life: Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself

Kaitlin Robinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Robinson

Remember that to put your identity in anything external can be faulty and it keeps you from ultimate happiness. Recognizing your illusions and questioning your shoulds clears the path for you to lead a more whole, and authentic life. And in the meantime you can learn to see the growing pains as gifts and to discover what really makes you happy.

21 Struggles Of Being An 'Old Soul' Trapped In A Young Body

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

"Old souls" out there, you know who you are. And it's likely you've known since you were quite young, when your parents told you just how unique your ...

Unwrapping Fear

Rachel Wahba | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

For years Olivia sent out its mailers covered up. For years my Jerusalem Report magazine arrived in my mailbox uncovered. And then for the last twen...