BOOKCLUB: Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke

BOOKCLUB: Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke

Understanding of the neurotransmitter dopamine has suffered from a shallow comprehension. We’ve understood it in the context of getting a “dopamine hit” for taking part in rewarding behavior. In her new book, Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke offers new information deepening our understanding of the nuanced functioning of dopamine. This deepening understanding reveals that dopamine functions as far more than a simple reward hit. It directs, programs, reinforces, punishes us in its withholding, and more. The impact has an undeniable influence on our daily lives.

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Why We All Need A Coach

Why We All Need A Coach

With the advent of technology keeping us “connected”, pandemics keeping us locked down and socially distanced, and our ingrained hopes that our significant others will be giving and passionate lovers, best friends, confidants, cheerleaders, and therapists, the need for someone to coach us from our corner is becoming an idea growing in popularity.

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Trauma Bonding in Romantic Relationships

Trauma Bonding in Romantic Relationships

As a young teen, I became involved in my first serious long-term relationship. The young woman I fell in love with was troubled. She had suffered unjust abuse and battled with mental illness. This fueled me. It gave me an opportunity to be a hero. As time went on, I attempted to help carry the weight of her burdens. I did not consider my needs, let alone ask for them to be met. My needs were neglected. Being as though I was so young, instilled in me was the pattern of trauma bonding.

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