The Molecule of More How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity–and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Daniel Z. Lieberman Michael E. Long
نویسنده: Daniel Z. Lieberman Michael E. Long
Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it’s why we gamble and squander.
From dopamine’s point of view, it’s not the having that matters. It’s getting something—anything—that’s new. From this understanding—the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it—we can understand in a revolutionary new way why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion – and we can even predict those behaviors in ourselves and others.
In The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, George Washington University professor and psychiatrist Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Georgetown University lecturer Michael E. Long present a potentially life-changing proposal: Much of human life has an unconsidered component that explains an array of behaviors previously thought to be unrelated, including why winners cheat, why geniuses often suffer with mental illness, why nearly all diets fail, and why the brains of liberals and conservatives really are different.
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A fascinating look at how dopamine fuels our brain and motivates us to do things, while looking at the way having a balanced brain can bring us more happiness and contentment. Every time I’d pick up my phone while I read this, I’d think to myself, “Time for some dopamine,” and when I’d sit down to read with one of my kids, I’d think, “Here and Now time.” The ideas presented in this book definitely worked their ways into my daily life! Dianna rated it: 5.0 from 5.0
This book is way more than it seems. It offers insight intro the human brain and into what makes us want thing, how longing for sensations or feelings can bring us to the brink of dependency and many more. Fascinating lecture that teaches us a lot more about how to manage our wishes, dreams and aspirations. Alexandra Chira rated it: 5.0 from 5.0
A great book about how chemical molecules in our brain, in particular dopamine, drives our life. It‘s excellently structured, well researched and very interesting. Highly recommended! Nadiya rated it: 5.0 from 5.0