Ep 49: Dopamine Nation

Discover how our current culture’s unlimited access to immediate pleasure has led to a dopamine overdrive. Dr. Anna Lembke, professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and author of Dopamine Nation, discusses how easy it is to slip into addiction as we face this constant struggle between sudden and dramatic increases of dopamine and the potentially chronic dopamine deficit free fall. You will leave this conversation with a better understanding of how dopamine impacts your pleasure, pain, and motivation responses, along with how to regulate this state of being. 

So what’s this episode really about?

▫️ The relationship between pleasure and pain.
▫️ How addiction impacts the way we feel, function and relate to ourselves and others.
▫️ The importance of inviting pain and discomfort into our lives.
▫️ And so much more.

You can quote us on that…

“It’s not that something is wrong with our brains; it’s that there’s a fundamental mismatch between our ancient wiring and the world we live in now.”

Dr Anna Lembke

“Our memory makes it very difficult for us to remember that for every pleasure we pay a price, and for every pain we get a reward.

Dr Anna Lembke

“The reason we’re all so miserable may be because we’re working so hard to avoid being miserable.”

Dr Anna Lembke


Dr Anna Lembke – Website

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