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Personal Identity

"Identity": A Talk With Ingrid Thoft

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Ingrid Thoft's just-released novel, Identity, involves thorny legal and psychological issues raised by a single mother, Renata Sanchez, who was impregnated by artificial insemination.

4 Things Your Doctor Doesn't Need to Know

Adam Levin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Adam Levin

Doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm and while they may be very good, or even the best, at what they do, the continuing parade of breach announcements in the health care area is a clear indication that many haven't a clue when it comes to information security.

The Effects of Changing Your Name

Layla Revis | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Layla Revis

Why are some people eager to change their names, while others, like myself, are keen to hold onto who we are? It's difficult to say.

The One Question You Should Never Ask A New Friend

Therese Borchard | Posted 05.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Upon meeting someone new, part of me hopes I will never hear the dreaded four words (what-do-you-do) because then I wouldn't have to assess how I am going to respond -- with my pragmatic communications-consultant role, or with the idealistic wanting-to-save-the-world profile.

Dividends of a Difficult Mind

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Levithan

Most days, I am attempting peaceful coexistence with my ego mind. Knowing that I have a higher mind helps, but the voices of the lower mind chatter and yell as if they are the masters of my universe.

Every Day We Write The Book

David Levithan | Posted 10.28.2012 | Gay Voices
David Levithan

Imagine yourself purely as a self, with no body. Who would you be? Would you really define yourself by the same standards by which you are now defined? What kind of person would you get to be if you didn't have to worry about gender or race or sexuality?

Did Facebook's Privacy Problems Foretell the IPO?

Adam Levin | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology
Adam Levin

Facebook's approach to its IPO was consistent with the way it has handled the personal data of its users. In both cases, it seems the company's leadership has pushed policies that are disproportionally focused on their personal enrichment at the expense of everyone else.

Can Your Brain Fall in Love?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

There is no doubt that brain research is one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine, and our knowledge doubles every few years. The problem isn't about the data, but about overstepping and making too may claims about what the data are telling us about ourselves.

Good News: You Are Not Your Brain

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

It's very good news that you are not your brain, because when your mind finds its true power, the result is healing, inspiration, insight, self-awareness, discovery, curiosity, and quantum leaps in personal growth.

You Don't Have To Be Someone, You Already Are Someone

Tom Shadyac | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Tom Shadyac

You see, what we are telling ourselves, the command to succeed and be someone, is just a story; it's a story based on expectations. It's temporal and finite. It is not who you really are.

American Identity Crisis: Are You Your Job?

Joe Robinson | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

You are what you do. It's a case of mistaken identity that is hazardous to your health, life, and even the work you do. In a 24/7 world where we're always on work mode, there's little escape from the identity that's not you.

A Reflection On Identity And Changing Religious Beliefs

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Time and distance may make it hard for me to remember why I believed what I did once. Why did my early ideas make sense then but now seem so foreign?

Personal or Branded? That Is the Question

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

People are so busy branding themselves today that they are losing their minds and their lives in the endeavor.

Ever Feel Like You're On The Outside Looking In? How To Change That

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The isolation and devastation of feeling like you are the only one who doesn't belong or fit in can overshadow all else in one's life. It can become a repetitive self-fulfilling process.

Interview With a Philosopher: Secrets That Rule the World

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Imagine a secret society of powerful people who might control world events and even mess with your life, a group brought together and set apart by a p...

Every Day a Little Death

Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D.

I had to shed that part of my identity that was holding me back: my attachment to a particular job title, office configuration, box on the org chart, etc. Something had to die.