Linda Graham: Bouncing Back! Dopamine!!!

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“But there is also another powerful neurotransmitter whose effects we can harness to cross that threshold in the brain: dopamine.
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Dopamine is the neurotransmitter of pleasure and reward.
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With the release of dopamine in the brain stem we feel good, .
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we feel alive and energized,
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and we want more.
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Dopamine is actually partly responsible for the way we get into ruts, doing what makes us feel comfortable, getting better at what we’ve always been good at.
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The neurochemical reward we get from repeating successful patterns of behavior can hold us back from trying new strategies, from discovering new ways of being and coping.
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The release of dopamine can lead to addictive behaviors, too: wanting more of what made us feel good before, even if it’s not good for us.
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Maybe shopping makes us feel happier, so we run up charges on our credit card until our debt is out of control, or we try to relieve our stress with too much social drinking.”
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