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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Description of the Contribution of Neurotransmitters to "Feeling" and "Being" (How Does Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin "Feel"?)

This one's important. How does a given neurotransmitter actually influence our perception, and feeling of our environment? What does each one actually do in real-life scenarios? What's the simplest, most visual way to describe the effects of each neurotransmitter?


  • Dopamine is the ''mood'', the personality, the enthusiasm.
  • Dopamine is like thinking of what you want, and then taking the necessary steps to get it.
  • Dopamine is like a form of motivation, but one based on desire, based on how we know we will feel based on the reward of something we are doing, or working towards. So, in visual terms, if you are working out, and you see a visualization of yourself in a much more muscular, veiny form - that image, and the fact you are working towards it is Dopamine Drive. 
  • Dopamine influences how we enjoy, and how much we enjoy, and even the process of enjoying ANY activity. Including the intellectual appeal of a photo, or TV show, or the detail of an animals skin, or the beauty of an exotic woman - these are related to Dopamine. When you OBSERVE and ENJOY a detail, dopamine is involved with it. 
  • Dopamine amplifies and allows for the enjoyment specifically of music, and dopamine inspires our creativity in response to such stimuli. That means those daydreamers who fantasize about being famous while listening to music, these are dopamine-related fantasies. Dopamine creates the pursuit to get there, as well. Not solely, but plays a huge role.
  • Dopamine creates a desire to socialize, while serotonin has both pro-social and anti-social effects. Dopamine creates an exernalized behavior set which means those with high dopamine may "wear their heart on the sleeve".
  • Dopamine also promotes love, altruism, and the desire to help others if so inclined, this does not mean high dopamine doesn't allow for arrogance, in fact, it can promote it - depending on the personality of the person. A person is more likely to be kind with high dopamine than to lack empathy, though. People with high dopamine are very eccentric, and enthusiastic - they bring energy to any environment to arrive in. People with high dopamine often then, are quick to anger and especially quick to stick up for a friend whom they believe is wrongly mocked or criticized. Those with high dopamine typically have some degree of dominant personality. 
  • Dopamine besides these attributes, creates creativity in an almost 'magical' way, this means people with dopamine THINK BIG, WIDE, and absolutely bring across ideas that either no one has thought of, or ideas that have been thought of in new ways. This can be as little as a 'what-if' input to a conversation, or as big as a surreal, energized conversation based on a piece of art, or a new way of looking at an environment. 
  • People with high dopamine love to EXPLORE. They love exploring the new, they love being in touch with nature (typically), or at least love exploring the new in whatever activity they love (as with video games, or technology, or perhaps even something like medical science). People with high dopamine get hooked on certain words. Some words are just 'awesome' to these people, they love the way they sound, they like the relation of the word or phrase to their beliefs. High dopamine people are spontaneous, so don't be surprised when they start coming to you or their friends with their new greatest enjoyment and telling you about how you ''should join in because it's amazing'' etc.
  • High Dopamine people make the best rivals. They are competitive people, and take pleasure in their ability to do the best at whatever it is they do. They will make sure they win debates, and if they lose once or twice, they will do what they can to never lose again. Like I said, high dopamine is about enthusiasm, it's about energy, power, strength. 
  • High Dopamine people are inventive in the bedroom and with their mates. High Dopamine people are the first to explore new sexual fantasies and to up their game. They are absolutely very sexual people and will go out of their way to put their appearance on point!

  • If you thought Dopamine was grand, and enthusiastic, then you need to know that norepinephrine is even more impressive. At least, visually. 
  • Norepinephrine is ENERGY. Norepinephrine is also attentiveness, especially to color, sound, detail, and textures. Norepinephrine makes your environment seem Alive. Norepinephrine is the inner fuel, the inner fire; the TRUE INTENSITY of your emotions. 
  • That includes Fear, Determination, Rage. Includes happiness, communication, love. Norepinephrine is, more than dopamine, the giddiness within us, the true explanation of humanity - of human emotions. Norepinephrine, unlike its metabolite; adrenaline, is absolutely related to mood. Adrenaline is only weakly correlated to mood, and adrenaline is more peripheral, more to do with the body than mind, though it does play a small role. 
  • Norepinephrine is also about smell, sight, taste - it FUELS OUR SENSES.
  • Norepinephrine also is the primary neurotransmitter carrying out aggression, and norepinephrine being elevated will almost certainly result in at least some increased capacity for Anger. Since norepinephrine essentially equates to the dramatization of our emotions, norepinephrine is the "SEE RED" atmosphere when super SUPER ANGRY. Norepinephrine can be intoxicating and blinding.
  • Norepinephrine is NOT ALWAYS EXCITING. Research shows it can also calm the brain to its own thoughts in low or mild amounts, that means, it creates awareness and often just enough to GET OUT OF OUR OWN HEAD.
  • Norepinephrine is thus, a redirector of thought and promoter of logic.
  • Norepinephrine is zest, activity and action.
  • It is thought, energy, and resilience.
  • It is drive, vendetta and obsession.
  • It is open, closed and absolute.

  • Serotonin may be a bit milder than the above two, but doesn't stop it from being important. 
  • Serotonin is about intimacy, and empathy. 
  • It can increase the feelings of 'closeness' but it can also decrease those feelings in high amounts. Serotonin can be activating, stimulating, calming, anxiety-provoking, anxiety-relieving, angering, mentally abrasive, irritating, delaying, impulse stopping, impulse activating, rage relaying, rage removing and as such it is a hormone of mixed habits. Serotonin truly is a unique creature within us and can create opposite effects from each person. 
  • Serotonin can be emotionally activating, and can be a driving force to going to a club, a bar, or to simply go hide in the mountains. Serotonin is another form, like dopamine, in some ways. Serotonin activates our bowels more than dopamine, so if you get excited and have to take a sh**, then that bowel effect is serotonin. 
  • Elevated serotonin also leads to a dissociated type of excitement, often crude, and yet engaged. Individuals with high serotonin are often found making prank calls, or doing other weird things to get a kick. Elevated serotonin and the elevation of serotonin seems to reduce the desire for illegal drugs, although, oddly the reinforcements of many illegal drugs, like Cocaine, seem to come from Serotonin activation. Elevated serotonin can also relate to thrill seeking, people with tons of serotonin are many times more likely to become thrill seekers. Serotonin distorts the expression of emotions, often to the point where normal emotions don't seem normal to the person experiencing them. Elevated serotonin can make objects, animals and people look differently in their physical appearance. Hallucinogens activate serotonin receptors and this creates the dissociation necessary for visualizations to occur. Its not uncommon to hear LSD-users to experience the morphing of objects in their environment, even at random times with no solid avenue or reasoning for that to occur. Those with low serotonin may seek hallucinogens, but those with already high serotonin can't be bothered by them. Hallucinogens and Psychedelics affect everyone differently, but people with already elevated serotonin generally report ''nausea and irritability'' after ingesting psychedelics, even at low doses. If you already have high serotonin you won't want stuff that's going to increase it.
  • Serotonin is going to dampen noise perception in low amounts, but in high amounts of serotonin will make us not like loud noises, and will make us jumpy, nervous, overly flinchy and generally quirky. That's serotonin.

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