"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist i

"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist Ryan McVay/Getty Images hide caption

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"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist

"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist

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Identities

In this hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?

My home is where I find my identity, where I create my identity which is an ongoing phenomenon. — Pico Iyer

Each of us has a sense of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? In this hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?

"The point when peace arrives is when you no longer feel like ... you need to make a noisy celebration about it, when you've just incorporated into who you are" — Andrew Solomon TEDMED hide caption

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Can Your Child's Identity Shape Yours?

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"If you're a woman writer from the Muslim world, like me, then you are expected to write the stories of Muslim women — and preferably, the unhappy stories of unhappy Muslim women" — Elif Shafak James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?

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"I think being a part of many places but not entirely of any one of them is a terrific emancipation" — Pico Iyer James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What Do You Call Home?

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