Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blame it on the dopamine.

Some people like attention more than others. Some things trigger individuals more than other things. What gets you excited? An incoming e-mail, text, a new outfit, exciting evening plans?

Whatever it is, you can blame it on the dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers [] It's that little thing that goes off in your brain that says 'hey, you're excited!'

What does this have to do with love, lust, relationships, and all my other blog topics? Everything if dopamine is tricking you into thinking you like someone you may not. 

Scene 1: Girl meets guy. Girl and guy exchange phone numbers.
Scene 2: Guy texts girl. Girl gets excited. ::dopamine release::
Scene 3: Girl doesn't really like guy but enjoys the rush of the daily text. 

This is a short n dirty explanation but you all know when you're talking to someone you don't really like. Not only is it settling but your friends may ask you why you're entertaining the idea. It could be for a plethora of reasons, or it could just be your release of dopamine from a trigger this person sets off. Next time your phone ::dings:: with an alert notice if it's the person on the other end or the action of receiving the text that gets you excited. That will give you your answer.

Check out this article! "Dopamine is also the key driver behind the phenomenon of lots of people checking SMS, email or Facebook multiple times every hour, to the point that no one can be in doubt that they are addicted..."

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