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Nickname Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Bushra Alvi

Why do we twist and turn and squeeze the name till we come up with our own version of a carefully thought about form of address? And this is a universal phenomenon, more in some countries than others.

I Am Who I Am

Coming of Faith | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Coming of Faith

I can't count the number of hours that I've waited with (literally) bated breath, hoping and praying that someone will say "Of course you're Egyptian! I could totally tell." But I think what I've really always wanted to hear is, "You belong with us."

When the Image I See In the Mirror Isn't Just My Own

Jamie Krug | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

I don't share my life, or my marriage, or my children, or my accomplishments, or my setbacks, or my fears, or my dreams with her.

Why Losing My Friends Meant Losing Myself

Jen Simon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

The ghosts of my friendships past still haunt me to varying degrees. The losses all hurt in some way or another, but the most hurtful time I've lost friends was after I became a mother.

Labels Don't Matter as Much as You Think They Do

Neidin Hernandez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Neidin Hernandez

My parents both call themselves Mexican-American, but as someone who was born in the United States and has spent a grand total of two weeks in Mexico, I never felt comfortable having a hyphenated identity.

How Much Do You Know about Protecting Your Identity? (Quiz)

Adam Levin | Posted 08.01.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

The first step when it comes to identity theft is admitting you have a problem. Knowing your ID IQ is a good place to start.

My Senior Year Identity Crisis

Julia Schemmer | Posted 07.21.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I see this all the time in my life. I wear makeup, curl my hair and pick out coordinating outfits to feel "pretty." I carry big books, take AP classes and study for my SAT so I feel "smart." And you know what? I'm pretty sick and tired of it.

Who Started It Doesn't Matter, Who Has the Wisdom to End It Does

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Until someone on one side or the other finds the humility and wisdom to not shoot back, the human right to pursue happiness and raise our children in health and safety will never be a reality for some in some parts of the world. And that is unacceptable.

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

Satisfaction Highlights Midlife Relationship Strains

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Time will tell as to whether Satisfaction will remain true to its premise of showing us how the lines of individual and joint development evolve over time. For the moment, it's a relief to have a break from the usual midlife silliness and instead to explore this important period of life's deeper themes.

All The Women I Have Been

Jessica Pan | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Jessica Pan

Forgetting can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes we live too much in the present. We forget about all the girls and women we have been.

Jane Szabo: Sense of Self

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The images in Jane Szabo's Sense of Self exists at the intersection of multiple threads of contemporary photography.

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Be Yourself

Tony A. Gaskins Jr. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

You can be an original or you can be a copy. An original portrait with honest mistakes is worth more than a perfect replica. I urge you to be yourself. I urge you to accept your mistakes and shortcomings and live the life you were destined to.

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

The Secret Identities of Co-Workers

Liz Reed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Reed

Our secret identities are so often our passion, which explains why it is so easy to share that other side of you when people ask about it. I recently quit my 9 to 5 to do something I loved doing even more -- making comics.

Will the Clash of Identities Consume Us?

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

The 28 Lessons You Learn On Birthright

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.07.2014 | College

Who would’ve thought that sleeping in the desert, riding camels, and eating an unlimited supply of hummus would make for the perfect week-and-a-half...

Who Are You?

Ellen Langer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Langer

Who am I? I'm a person who cares about people, who enjoys a sense of humor, who values generosity and consciousness. When we define ourselves in this way, we're less vulnerable to negative circumstances, able to grow, and less defined by labels than by our more meaningful personal characteristics.

The Tao of Game of Thrones

Panache Desai | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

There's a frenzy running rampant in my household lately. It strikes every Sunday night and whenever there are sleepless hours due to toddler teething ...

How Cancer Helped This NFL Player Rebuild His Identity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.16.2014 | Sports

What would you do if, all of a sudden, the roots of your personal identity were ripped from your life entirely? Would you know how or where to start o...

Lana Del Rey: The Reluctant Poster Child for Millennial Feminists

Katie Tandy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

One could more-than-easily argue that the new wave of feminism is about countering that rather exhausting, self-consciousness existence. Lana Del Rey recognizes she's a woman with a capital W. But her female-ness isn't at the very center of her being.

What I Learned from My Dad About Parenting

Betsy Boyd | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

As I prepare to deliver twin boys in two weeks -- I am 41 myself, and these are my first children -- I want to keep in mind the several sweet and profound ways in which my painter, poet, creative-director father enriched my world and my self-esteem through advice and direction.

Let It Go

Amy Turner | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Amy Turner

Some days, it feels like our online identities are creating us. I'm evaluating my choices twice as often. There is no clean slate. With all this technology, I have to trust my gut more than ever. Which feels positively exhausting.