The Practice of Dopamine Control Is the Most Surprising Found by Far in This Year
Every spare second is an opportunity to be stimulated, whether by entering the TikTok vortex, scrolling Instagram, swiping through Tinder or bingeing on porn, online gambling and e-shopping.
It is late at night and I am watching Social Media Infomercial addressing the newly Apple Introduced Mac Studio. I don’t need a Mac Studio as I am no video editor, but there’s a part of myself that I want it. The next thing that happens is I open the Apple Store app and “click to order”
The next day I realized I clicked on that and fortunately, there is a huge backorder queue on it and I come into sense to cancel the order. I then start to wonder,
“Am I a Shopaholic? Or an instinctive creature purely driven by Impulses?”
We are all surrounded by different kinds of stimuli. From Advertising boards, Music we listened to Social Media Feeds. These provide an incentive to our well-being lifestyle or promise of “dreams and successes”.
These kinds of emotional triggers can be concluded as a sense of excitement and happiness. It actually results from Dopamine releases and it causes us to,
- Impulsive Purchases
- Feels “accomplished”
- Escape psychological distress
These are the “good feelings” but if we overdose/abuse them. It would result in addictions and harming ourselves even if we are aware of it.
Thus, self-control of Dopamine release has become more important than ever in our daily lives.
How does Dopamine work?
Dopamine is one of the commonly regarded “4 Happy Hormones”. (i.e. Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, and Oxytocin)
Dopamine is part of the brain’s reward system. When we perceive something that excites us (In a good way), our brain will release a flood of dopamine in our brain.