What is identity?

  • (noun): An operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates.
    Example: "The identity under numerical multiplication is 1"
    Synonyms: identity element, identity operator
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on identity:

Todd Haynes - Style and Themes
... Haynes’ work is preoccupied with postmodernist ideas of identity and sexuality as socially constructed concepts, and personal identity as a fluid and changeable state ... His protagonists are invariably social outsiders whose "subversive" identity and sexuality pits them at odds with the received norms of their society ... that challenge received notions of identity and sexuality and remind the audience of the artificiality of film as a medium ...
Trigonometric Substitution
... expressions If the integrand contains a2 − x2, let and use the identity If the integrand contains a2 + x2, let and use the identity If the integrand contains x2 − a2, let and use the identity ...
Identity - Culture and The Arts
... Son Hee-joon, along with Kim Youn-kyung, distributed by Tokyopop in North America Identity (Airbag album), 2009 album by Norwegian post-rock band Airbag ... Identity (Zee album), 1984 album by Richard Wright and Dave Harris of Zee Identity (BoA album), 2010 album by BoA Identity (3T album) Identity (Raghav album), 2009, Identity (Robert Pierre ... B-side to "London Town" "Identity" (Burn Notice), second episode of the USA Network television drama series Identity (film), directed by James Mangold and ...
Eden (TV Channel) - Identity
... The UKTV Documentary identity focused around scenes from the landscape of Britain ... The current Eden identity features explorers in an unknown environment, such as the deep jungle or the Antarctic, before coming across a landscape, which the logo then ...
Identity in Cyberculture
... Cyberculture, like culture in general, relies on establishing identity and credibility ... How does cyberculture rely on and establish identity and credibility? This relationship is two way, with identity and credibility being both used to define ...

More definitions of "identity":

  • (noun): The individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known.
    Example: "Geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of his lover"
  • (noun): The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity.
    Example: "You can lose your identity when you join the army"
    Synonyms: personal identity, individuality

Famous quotes containing the word identity:

    Personal change, growth, development, identity formation—these tasks that once were thought to belong to childhood and adolescence alone now are recognized as part of adult life as well. Gone is the belief that adulthood is, or ought to be, a time of internal peace and comfort, that growing pains belong only to the young; gone the belief that these are marker events—a job, a mate, a child—through which we will pass into a life of relative ease.
    Lillian Breslow Rubin (20th century)

    The modern world needs people with a complex identity who are intellectually autonomous and prepared to cope with uncertainty; who are able to tolerate ambiguity and not be driven by fear into a rigid, single-solution approach to problems, who are rational, foresightful and who look for facts; who can draw inferences and can control their behavior in the light of foreseen consequences, who are altruistic and enjoy doing for others, and who understand social forces and trends.
    Robert Havighurst (20th century)

    Adultery is the vice of equivocation.
    It is not marriage but a mockery of it, a merging that mixes love and dread together like jackstraws. There is no understanding of contentment in adultery.... You belong to each other in what together you’ve made of a third identity that almost immediately cancels your own. There is a law in art that proves it. Two colors are proven complimentary only when forming that most desolate of all colors—neutral gray.
    Alexander Theroux (b. 1940)