Nov 25, 2021
The contemporary world is saturated with ways in which we can
experience rewards that were historically much more difficult to
access. Although this idea of a world filled with dopamine fixes is
not new, it can be continually surprising just how extreme this
reality has become. Here on the show today to talk about this issue
and her most recent book, Dopamine Nation, is
Dr. Anna Lembke, and we have a fascinating and important
conversation in which she unpacks the human body and mind in
relation to the world around us at present. One of the main points
from this chat is the weakness of humans, and how unaware we can be
of the way our brains compel us to engage in behaviours and seek
pleasure. We get into some strategies and solutions for healthier
ways to exist, talking about mindfulness, awareness, and dopamine
fasting, in the face of accelerating tech and overabundance. Dr.
Lembke gives us a great introduction to dopamine and how it
functions in our bodies, unpacks the four properties of addictive
substances and activities, the different ways to frame and
understand addiction, and shares some realistic ideas about
moderation. So to hear all this and much more, tune in to this
great episode of the Rational Reminder Podcast.
Key Points From This Episode:
- An introduction to dopamine and its functions in the human
- The human brain and the current overabundance of addictive
experiences and substances. [0:05:36.1]
- Contemporary increasing in different types of addiction.
- Considering the inherently negative connotation of the word
- The reasons that make gambling so addictive to the human mind.
- Applying what we know about addiction and gambling to
speculation and the stock market. [0:18:03.2]
- Why working also falls into the category of addictive
- Looking at the addictive nature of spending money and shopping.
- A shocking story about water addiction from Dr. Lembke's
- Thoughts on recognizing addiction and possible ways to stop the
- Using in moderation; Dr. Lembke comments on the realities of
this idea. [0:29:32.7]
- Long-term decision making versus a dopamine-laden environment;
the battle of our time. [0:31:00.4]
- Understanding hormesis, seeking pleasure through pain, and
embracing volatility in a portfolio.
- The impacts of increased leisure time and the question of what
we need. [0:38:47.6]
- Lembke's advice around retirement and the dangers of dopamine
deficit states. [0:42:43.3]
- How the era of the pandemic has affected these trends in
- The relationship between radical honesty and dopamine; how
lying is related to reward pathways.
- Radical honesty and better parenting; Dr. Lembke's thoughts on
- Weighing the value of shame and its power as a socially
regulating force. [0:55:51.2]
- Lembke's definition of success and its connection to being a
good parent and becoming a positive force in the world.