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Everyone is Biased, Even You Have Bias

By Kristance Harlow | November 27, 2019 |
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Every perspective is naturally biased because of the cultural lens through which it is viewed. No one can truly be entirely subjective all the time.

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Can 12-Step Programs Treat Dual Diagnoses?

By Kristance Harlow | November 23, 2019 |
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Effective treatment needs to include both the substance use disorder and the co-occurring disorder in an integrated approach because the two conditions build on each other.

7 Innovative Architectural Ideas With World-Changing Potential

By Kristance Harlow | March 10, 2019 |
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Our ancient relatives, Homo heidelbergensis, were constructing shelters at least 400,000 years ago, and architectural innovation has been a defining feature of societies since then, changing to suit the needs and desires of the builders and occupants as they evolved. From energy-efficient designs to community-based spaces, these seven designs could help shape the future. 1. Silver Architecture…

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How Does AA Work? A Review of the Evidence

By Kristance Harlow | March 4, 2019 |
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AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to cure the chronic, genetic, and life-threatening disease of alcoholism.

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Addiction or Mental Illness: Which Should You Treat First?

By Kristance Harlow | March 4, 2019 |
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Substance use can alter behaviors, moods, and personalities so severely for people with addiction that without specialized knowledge and experience, it’s difficult to determine underlying causes such as mental illness or trauma.

Inspirational Travel Quotes by Adventurous Women

By Kristance Harlow | March 6, 2018 |
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Travel quotes, whether you can travel or not, remind us that the world is diverse and full of wonder. Travel takes us out of our comfort zones.

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Retracting Allegations of Abuse is Not Proof – Trauma and Memories

By Kristance Harlow | June 20, 2017 |
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Retracting an abuse allegation is not proof that the abused is lying or that the alleged abuser is innocent. Rape is amongst the most underreported crimes. Victims face enormous obstacles in the aftermath of rape. Not the least of which is deciding whether or not to contact the police. The justice system is designed to be a hostile…

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You Call Us Snowflakes Like It’s a Bad Thing

By Kristance Harlow | May 3, 2017 |
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People have been calling each other “special snowflakes” at least as far back as Fight Club, but the insult has snowballed recently. The Guardian dubbed “poor little snowflake” the top insult of 2016.

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Opioids, Dissociation, and PTSD – The Shocking Connections

By Kristance Harlow | March 2, 2017 |
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Animals that are put under constant duress seem as if they are on an opioid like heroin. Scientists also observed animals reacting like addicts in withdrawal when an opioid blocker was used to disrupt the flow of natural endogenous opioids.

8 Bizarre Facts About Animal Reproduction

By Kristance Harlow | December 26, 2016 |
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There’s no rule that regulates how animals obtain the necessary genetic material to reproduce—and as a result, there is a lot of weird animal sex going on out there.

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