Your Love Your Love Is My Drug (And It’s Called Dopamine)

I’m going to spend some time looking at Dopamine in particular this week. From Wikipedia…
“Dopamine is commonly associated with the reward system of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate a person proactively to perform certain activities. Dopamine is released (particularly in areas such as the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex) by rewarding experiences such as food, sex, drugs, and neutral stimuli that become associated with them. Recent studies indicate that aggression may also stimulate the release of dopamine in this way.
This theory is often discussed in terms of drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, and amphetamines, which directly or indirectly lead to an increase of dopamine in the mesolimbic reward pathway of the brain, and in relation to neurobiological theories of chemical addiction (not to be confused with psychological dependence), arguing that this dopamine pathway is pathologically altered in addicted persons.”
If you are currently afflicted with ADHD and want a simple bouncy video to explain the whole thing in about three minutes…
If you have a little more time and want to hear something a little more intellectual, watch Dr Helen Fisher on why people fall in love. She starts a little slow, but do stick with it. She is the worlds foremost authority on this topic.
As an aside, much of PUA / Game is based on understanding the social aspects of human interaction. The understanding of the biology behind human behavior – one you get beyond the popular texts on sperm warfare et al - is generally lacking. That’s not so much a poo-pooing on Game, the combination of neurology and the endocrine system is one of the most complicated things imaginable to try and understand and I’m still learning it all myself. Far more often than not Game is correct in understanding what is going to likely happen on a social level, but understanding the biochemistry can add another layer of insight. Dr Fisher is an excellent starting point for that.
Or put in plain English…
When a woman says to her man that she’s bored, it’s usually a social sign of impending Fitness Tests (Shit Tests) and demand for him to act dominantly towards her and make something happen. In biochemistry terms when a woman tells her man she’s bored, she’s basically just saying…
… ”I need a shot of Dopamine”.

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  1. Ms Lacrymosa says:

    I like posts like this! Getting to the bottom of what happens between men and women and why we often behave as we do. Thanks :)

  2. Athol Kay says:

    Most welcome :-)

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