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"The paradox is that hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, leads to anhedonia. Which is the inability to enjoy pleasure of any kind."
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Just like a drug addict, we go back to our sources of dopamine every time we need a new dose of pleasure. However, as we consume more of them, our brain starts to get used to the feeling and builds resistance.
Thus, more of that source of dopamine is required to maintain the level of pleas...
Checking our phone 24/7 , drinking and eating all the unnecessary edibles just for the sake of pleasure, spending valuable time and money gambling, or avoiding human contact in favor of porn, are just a few o...
Going through life, there’s plenty of misery and unhappiness we’ll face, just as there are many happy and beautiful moments we’ll witness. However, it seems that we’re not too good when it comes to dealing with pain, so we try to cover it up with small, but effective doses of pleasure.
Dopamine Nation explores how overflowing sources of dopamine can become a burden to carry. Although the constant availability of resources looks like a good thing from the outside, it can lead to serious problems...
By now you already know that pleasure is inevitably followed by pain, and that too much of it can cause high levels of damage to our brain and body.
However, used the other way around, pain can help us achieve pleasure and increase our dopamine levels. Ironic, isn’t it? Let me break it dow...
Dopamine Nation talks about the importance of living a balanced life in relation to all the pleasure and stimuli we’re surrounded with on a daily basis, such as drugs, devices, porn, gambling facilities, show...
Compared to our ancestors, we’re living in a world of opulence. On the bright side, constant access to all resources and remarkable amenities creates a world of opportunities. On the other hand, this way of living turns many people into dopamine addicts.
You’re likely o...
The 30-year-old gambler who wants to fight his addiction, the 35-year-old person who is looking to better themself and create a healthier routine in their life, or the 40-year-old life coach who is looking to learn more about the root causes of misery and how to fight them, so as to deliver bette...
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Hedonism is the idea that pleasure and happiness are the keys to a good life. Modern philosophers would say that pleasure is a kind of happiness, but not the only happiness.
Epicurus tied hedonism to a virtue ethics system based around moderation and self-discipline.
Intrinsic motivation is the desire to do something for its own sake. With intrinsic motivation, we enjoy the action as its own reward, and we do it without taking money, fortune, or fame into account.
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