Dopamine Oxytocin Serotonin— Which One Are You?

Dopamine =Drive 

This is your “high” octane. It is the chemical that causes you to chase a thrill and feel excitement. It is there to tell you, “Yeah, yeah, do that; you’re gonna love this!” Dopamine is released when an anticipated reward is due, causing you to chase what your brain thinks is good for your survival.

The profile of a person driven by dopamine varies because our life experiences mold these urges and drives, See if you can relate to any of these behaviors: A person might seek out challenges or a quest. They are willing to push themselves to achieve goals because their brains give them a hit of dopamine from just the thought of reaching one.

Serotonin =Status 

Serotonin is our “well-being” drug. It is present when we look at a sunset and feel total contentment. Serotonin evolved to tell us that our needs have been met, that we are safe and secure. It is released when we eat a good meal, are highly praised, or accomplish a task. Serotonin gets released anytime  we are considered better than others.

When lacking serotonin, you may feel obsolete, unimportant, empty, and (in severe cases) depressed. If you find that you are worrying about possible future events or that you are feeling vulnerable, you need serotonin.

Oxytocin = Being loved.

Oxytocin is known as the “cuddle hormone”. This neurochemical is responsible for bonding a mother with her newborn after giving birth. It is also released after sex and during cuddling, nursing, or a nurturing moment with a loved one. When people hold hands with someone or feel included in a group, oxytocin rewards them so they continue to stay close to others.

Therapy Dogs have become popular in hospitals and nursing homes because any patient engaging with the dog will have a spike in oxytocin, not only helping the person feel better both physically and emotionally but actually aiding in the healing process.

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About Why We Are Wired To Worry— How Science Can Help Us Stop

Counselor, trainer, author, motivational speaker, who has been teaching people about human behavior since 1986. Why do our brains seem obsessed with problems, both real and imagined? Believe it or not, it’s not your fault— it’s your default! Sharie teaches people down to finally understand why your brain loves worrying about problems and how you can stop and finally get off the Worry-Go-Round™ Your brain is programed to believe that impending doom is around every corner due to an outdated evolutionary trait that helped ancient humans survive. But in present day this program is not only obsolete but it is making us sick! If you have ever been kept awake a night as your mind conjured up fears of sickness, deaths of loved ones, financial crisis, and car wrecks, you know what I mean. Share teaches how to stop the urge to get upset simply because your boss is annoyed at you or you are stuck in traffic or how to redirect your brains distorted perception of problems using easy-to-follow, proven techniques. In her latest book she explains how to implement a targeted program that will stop your stress response in its tracks, leaving you calmer, stronger and happier. You will finally have the control over your moods and behaviors that you have been seeking. You will replace feeling, vulnerable, exhausted and joyless with a brand new positive outlook that will change your life. At the top of her field as a motivational speaker, addiction specialist, and co-producing the David Toma show, Spironhi’s world suddenly fell apart when she was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar depression. For the next six years, her journey in and out of hospitals left her tired and hopeless. But in 1996, just before giving up, she was miraculously healed of all mood swings and the bi-polar disorder disappeared. Her profound experience propelled her to discover how this could happen and if there was any scientific explanation for it. That year, neuroplasticity was confirmed, proving that the brain can change and heal itself. Spironhi has a gift for explaining technical scientific details and getting to the heart of what holds people back from the changes they desire. She works year round doing workshops, one-on-one sessions, and speaking engagements.

Posted on April 16, 2015, in Self Help. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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