One of the biggest questions we ever face is one we ask ourselves: “Who am I?” Our answer to this is what makes up our identity. How we choose to label ourselves is a story we tell to ourselves and each other about our priorities, values, and self-worth. However, many common ways we define our identity—whether by relationships, accomplishments, or worldview—can change suddenly, which can lead to an identity crisis: an intense emotional period of feeling lost, unsure, and ungrounded. We also face constant tension between how we choose to define ourselves and how the labels of others define us. The process of confronting assumptions about our identity within ourselves is often called self-discovery. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


Andrew Solomon: How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of struggle, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since.

Black Skin, White Masks

Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work.


Identity encompasses the memories, experiences, relationships, and values that create one’s sense of self.

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.


Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

Today Hank is building on last week’s exploration of identity to focus on personal identity. Does it in reside in your body? Is it in the collective memories of your consciousness? There are, of course, strengths and weaknesses to both of these ideas, and that’s what we’re talking about today.

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are.

Racing into the Future

While we too often and too loudly insist that race does not matter, there is a growing body of research that shows race impacts many of our decisions (many with deadly consequences), and that implicit bias and racial anxiety are likely to be greater for those who cling to the belief of a colorblind ...

What we know matters but who we are matters more.


Love, No Matter What | Andrew Solomon

What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents—asking them: What’s the line between uncond...

The Impact of Identity: The Power of Knowing Who You Are

The world is rapidly changing and our beliefs are being challenged. Many of us are uncomfortable with the political, religious, and social changes taking place. This book offers a new approach to establishing a clear, resilient identity and enjoying a more positive, meaningful life.


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