Self-Destructive Behavior Is Inherently Human

What makes people do things they know are bad for them?

Lux Alptraum
Elemental
Published in
6 min readSep 25, 2019

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Illustration: Jon Han

SSelf-destructive behavior is wholly human and very normal. Even though it’s most associated with a lurid montage of extreme acts (drug abuse, risky sexual behavior, intentional self-injury), mental health experts say that’s not quite the case. At some point, most people have done something they…

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Lux Alptraum
Elemental

OneZero columnist, Peabody-nominated producer, and the author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal. http://luxalptraum.com