Self-expression is a powerful set of behaviors and choices that signal our unique perspective to those around us. These cues come from not just what we say, but how we say it; not just from how we dress, but how we move through social spaces. Intentionally fostering our self-expression is an active practice of identity and can be extremely empowering. However, even if we live in a culture that says it values self-expression, there are a thousand ways in which we are subtly discouraged from deviating too far from what is expected. Learning to become confident in expressing ourselves can take practice and support. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


Fearless Self-Expression with Rebecca Sugar - Week 1: Press Yourself - Cartoon Network

In support of Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, discusses a five-step process on Fearless Self-Expression. Through creative expression, you can learn to give a voice to your thoughts and feelings and speak up for yourself.


Self Expression and Re-Invention - Mary Beth Maziarz - TEDxYouth@ParkCity

Mary Beth performs two of her original songs, and talks to students about the need to recreate yourself throughout your life. She encourages students to keep their own score - by determining if they are better today than they were yesterday.


Martha Beck on Being Who We Are


The Power of Stories with Eckhart Tolle & Karen May (Google)

Eckhart Tolle and Karen May of Google discuss the power of sharing our stories in this clip.


The Psychology of Conformity

This video, building on the ideas of Ernest Becker, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Emerson, examines why we are so susceptible to conformity and looks at why nonconformity, or the cultivation of one’s uniqueness, is such an important ingredient in a life well-lived.


"Be the Change" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Inverness, Scotland

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public talk "Be the Change" given at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, Scotland, on June 23, 2012. Following the public talk there is a question and answer session.


Toni Morrison Interview on Woman.Life.Song with Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Others

A conversation with Jessye Norman, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Toni Morrison, and Judith Weir about Weir’s “,” a collaborative effort to express universal experiences of womanhood.


Stephen Harrod Buhner - Voicing the Invisible Realms

Herbalist and author Stephen Harrod Buhner explains the power of words and how they can enhance or limit our perception of this reality.


Personal Joy (Part 7/7)

Voices of the Earth, a project of the Earth Medicine Alliance speaks with Luisah Teish, an author, storyteller, and priestess of the Ifá/Orisha faith of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and the African Diaspora.


Writing Down The Bones: 30 Years Later

A Feb. 7, 2016 interview with author Natalie Goldberg on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of her phenomenally successful self-help for writers book, "Writing Down The Bones."


Imagination and Creativity