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Love Languages

Postmodern Perspectives . . .

Love Languages - Making a distinction between the modern view and the postmodern view.

Modern - There are five love languages that are waiting for you to identify with.


Postmodern - There are infinite love languages and yours is waiting to be constructed.

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Postmodern Perspectives . . .
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Postmodern Perspectives. . .

The Villainizingof Mood States

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Postmodern perspectives. . . 
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