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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.

Uncovering Your Limitless Self

Nancy Colier | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Freedom and happiness appear when we realize that we are not -- fundamentally -- made of any of the hats that we wear.

(WATCH): I Didn't Know I Was Biracial

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As a child, Rebekah Borucki questioned why she didn't look quite like the rest of her white family. But it wasn't until she was an adult that she lear...

WATCH: You Won't Want To Miss This Riveting Discussion On Black Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

On Friday afternoon, The New School hosted a riveting conversation with bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) and Melissa Harris-Perry on race, black woman...

An Open Letter to Kylie (formerly known as Keisha) Austin

Chevonne Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Hello Kylie, while I understand your rationalization to change your name from Keisha to Kylie, I must say I was quite saddened by your final decision.

Who Will My Daughter Be?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Naturally, this new relationship is causing me to think of all sorts of questions: "What are things that my daughter will say and do that will crack me up? What challenges will she face in life? Will I have any chance of keeping it together when she becomes bat mitzvah?"

Surviving the Fall: How Getting Laid Off Taught Me About Adjustment Disorder

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Taylor Shute

The most I can say is if you're going through an adjustment, don't let it get the best of you. Keep pushing for your identity, don't let the fact that you don't feel like yourself keep you from living your life. You may not want to smile all the time, but as long as you try, you're winning.

A Hindu Halloween Lament

Vineet Chander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Behind the compromises and negotiation of clashing cultures, there lie important questions about assimilation, accommodation, and appropriation; minority communities growing and evolving in a multi-faith world; the interplay of power, normativity, hegemony, and identity.

Miri Ben-Ari: The Silence of the Violin

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Miri Ben-Ari

My mother once said that we must understand where we are coming from in order to better understand who we are in this life. It took me many years to understand what she meant.

WATCH: It's Okay To Be Asexual

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Asexual Awareness Week, a week to recognize and celebrate individuals who identify as asexual, began yesterday and will run through Oct. 26. Occur...

Please Stop Asking Me Where 'I'm Really From'

Basundhara Mukherjee | Posted 12.21.2013 | Teen
Basundhara Mukherjee

I am an Indian-American. The hyphen represents the fulcrum balancing two rich cultures and societies, both of which equally constitute my identity. I should not, and will never, choose one side over the other.

Passport, Please

YaLa Young Leaders | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
YaLa Young Leaders

Before this incident I never questioned my identity. I was French, Jewish, with roots in Algeria and Eastern Europe. But apparently, it was much more complicated than that:

As Flies to Whatless Boys: Trini Vernacular and Caribbean Identity

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

"It's Trini vernacular cell phone text speak," author Robert Antoni announced before reading an excerpt from his novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys, at a Brooklyn Book Festival bookend event held recently at MoCADA.

Masks Are Fine for Halloween, the Rest of the Time Live Your Authentic Self

Bob Deutsch | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Bob Deutsch

The day after Halloween is a very good day to start uncovering and then living your self-story, living a life that reflects who and what you truly are.

Women of a Certain Age

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

An examination of life looking back from a mature age is at the center of The Last First Day by Carrie Brown and I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck. The authors avoid the easy take on growing old.

If You Want A Healthy Relationship, Get A Life!

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 12.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

I could almost hear him holding his breath, waiting for my response, and I think he let it out in a gasp when I said, "Oh goody! I have some friends I'd like to get together with, so I'll take advantage of having a free night."

What We Can Learn From Dressing

Sally McGraw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Sally McGraw

I understand my body now in ways I never did before. I don't fear it, I don't avoid it and I feel like I can converse with it through dressing and clothing. And I'm much happier now that we're on speaking terms again.