ScienceWhat's killing your game? Dopamine abuse. (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by FCBLegacy


Let me delve into a topic that seems to not be stressed enough, and that is dopamine abuse. What is it? When does it happen? Does it solely mean abusing drugs or something else? Let's jump right to it.


DOPAMINE ABUSE   There are a list of things, not just drugs, that are destroying your sense of achievement, your confidence, and your sexual drive. And here they are:


  1. Pornography, excessive masturbation
  2. Stimulant drugs and medication
  3. Video gaming
  4. Lack of sleep
  5. Your bodily desires
  6. BONUS - lack of exercise and the long waited, "Do you lift?"


These, in turn, are killing your game. Why? Let's think about it from both scientific and logical standpoints.


Pornography Pornography stimulates your body and arouses you physically. It increases neural activity in your brain, which means that pornography is, by definition, a stimulant. Think about the time when you were a kid and you REALLY wanted to do something. You would get super excited about it and you would in turn get hyper. Excessive masturbation and pornography, as a result of being stimulants, abuse your dopamine pathways in your brain. They either prevent the reuptake of dopamine (similar to cocaine high), or they increase the amount of dopamine neurotransmitters (similar to methamphetamine). So when the time comes that you don't have that source of dopamine rush, you feel depressed, you feel shitty, and you just feel down. That makes it it difficult for you to work on everyday tasks, such as cold approaching women, working on homework, taking care of chores, showing up to work, etc. Why does this happen? It's because you have abused your dopamine, that inner push that compels you to do what you got to do. Without dopamine, you wouldn't ever get out of your bed and strive for excellence.


Stimulant Drugs Stimulant drugs and medication? Don't get me started. You know the deal. I don't need to explain it in detail. Look at the previous paragraph if you're looking for the scientific explanation behind why they are bad. Also your common sense. Also, if you can, cut out caffeine from your diet, also nicotine and other things that just make you attached to drugs.


Video gaming Why are more kids developing "ADHD" through each subsequent generation? Well I'll tell you why: light is a stimulant. It is received by your eyes, which is processed by your parietal lobe, which then causes your brain to be stimulated. Why is it hard to sleep with the light on? Well you tell me. Similarly, combine light with stimulating activities such as that of video gaming, and you have just answered the whole ADHD crisis of today's generation. And then they give kids what they shouldn't be given in the whole goddamn place! Adderall and stimulants! That makes so much sense! Anyways, tangents aside, video gaming abuses your dopamine just as much if not more than pornography. It has an addiction factor. Once you take it away from yourself, you feel empty, like you lost something that once made you happy. Lastly, consider the effect of flashing lights on those who have epilepsy. Now not everyone has epilepsy, but what happens when a person has an epileptic crisis? They shake and tremble, and they fall on the ground. Why? They are overstimulated. Take a moment and think about the effects of light on neural stimulation and dopamine alteration.


Lack of sleep   Lack of sleep is also the culprit for lack of serotonin in the brain, which is the neurotransmitter associated with depression, sleep, and memory. Combine that with dopamine alteration caused by the lack of sleep, you get yourself a working zombie during the day. Are we actually gaining energy when we sleep? No, we are burning calories. Our brain shuffles everything around during REM sleep, causing us to feel refreshed in the morning.


Bodily desires What do I mean by bodily desires? Well, I mean the fact that we are human and part animal. For instance, we all need food and nourishment in order to survive. But when it turns into gluttony, we depend on food in order to become happy. That is dependence and attachment. Also, think about how this applies to masturbation, sex, desire to drink and party, etc. We all want those things. It is part of our human nature as men. But once those become the things that we obsess about, we find it difficult to work on everyday tasks, such as homework and other assignments that life brings for us. Bodily desires and attachment to worldly things, then, are a form of dopamine abuse as well. Let's recap for a bit. Dopamine is a stimulant. If you abuse a stimulant, what happens to you? You become attached to it. You want it more and more until it runs out. Same thing applies to bodily desires. They stimulate you in a way that causes you to want things. There is a saying that says that a man should think with his head, not his genitals.


Lack of Exercise and Lifting What happens when you exercise? Well two major changes are occurring in the neurochemistry of your brain. Your brain releases both dopamine and endorphins when you work out and exercise. Endorphin is a hormone that makes you feel less pain. Dopamine, again, is a neurotransmitter associated with confidence, desire to keep pushing forward in life, etc. So when you don't exercise or lift, you are depriving yourself of these two blessings that your brain rewards you with after you exercise. So do it. As always, no excuses. If you can do this everyday, think about how confident and full of energy you will be instead of say, going to the gym three times a week? You get the picture. You get to the point where going to the gym is a habit that defines your personality. You workout, you get the good push to do things in life, such as socializing, doing your work, approaching women, you name it.



Why is it important to discuss the nature of dopamine abuse? Well, it's probably because one of the few listed things above are killing your game or making it difficult for you to achieve potential. Yes you should think with your head, but your end game is to fuck that girl. But in order to do that, you need to have a working brain, one that hasn't abused dopamine. Consider all points carefully and elaborate about it in the comments below.

[–][deleted] 245 points246 points  (107 children)

I was at my lowest point when I was dipping a tin a day of tobacco, staying up til 4am on my phone because of it, constantly on the computer and fapping every day. And I wondered why I felt like shit 24/7. It's a hard rut to get out of once you're in it.

[–]FCBLegacy[S] 65 points66 points  (78 children)

Why is it hard for a meth head to stop ingesting drugs? Same concept, except people don't realize how their everyday choices can be just as bad! (Maybe not as severe, but getting there) But props to you brother for learning about the importance of avoiding dopamine abuse, even though you had to go through it the hard way.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (53 children)

Thanks man, almost there. Next step is stop watching porn

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (27 children)

Same exact boat. Finding porn to be much harder to quit than dip though. Hopefully twice as rewarding.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (21 children)

Yeah, dip is harder initially I think due to the nicotine but once you get past one or two weeks you stop thinking about it almost completely.

With porn, you'll always have that desire for a quick release so long as you have a sex drive.

[–]Peter_B_Long 23 points24 points  (8 children)

Yeah man, I haven't watched porn since March 2nd, it does get a lot easier. I was watching porn every night for years, and stopped cold turkey when I discovered the damage it does. Like I said, it gets a lot easier after a few weeks, but some late nights when I can't sleep, I get memories of my favorite videos/clips and it's so easy to just pull up that video on my phone in like 15 seconds but I know I'll really regret it the next morning. Keep strong man.

[–]EnlightenedViking 5 points6 points  (4 children)

HAve you noticed an increase in sex drive and better erections since you quit porn?

[–]Peter_B_Long 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah man, naturally more dominant. It's like I'm able to suppress my sex drive and once I get my girl on my bed, I just let it out. Or I'm more sexual in public. Slap my girls ass when we're with friends, stuff like that.

I didn't really have any erection problems while I was watching porn. Although before I quit porn, whenever I binged sex on the same night, my erection would get weaker. Now the second time is just as strong as the first.

[–]Dennis__Reynolds 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I get memories of my favorite videos/clips and it's so easy to just pull up that video on my phone in like 15 seconds but I know I'll really regret it the next morning. Keep strong man.

This. I find that it gets really hard after a few weeks. I can go two weeks no problem, but my sex drive gets insane after that

[–]trippinallday 5 points6 points  (8 children)

Yeah that's the unfortunate thing. You can get rid of your substance dependence, but unless you're like 80 years old or something your desire for sex never disappears.

[–]TheIceReaver 7 points8 points  (7 children)

It's not unfortunate - it's a reliable and powerful source of bodily energy and motivation that can be channeled into any activity of your choice. Sexual sublimation

[–]trippinallday 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Hah. Maybe for you. Any more than a week and I'm just an impulsive mess. It gives me energy, but in all the wrong places. Not in a way that benefits me.

[–]TheIceReaver 3 points4 points  (3 children)

No man ever made clay then waited for it to miraculously turn into bricks. Understand that it is possible for you to direct this energy, you just need to engage in the process. Practice makes perfect

[–]trippinallday 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tried for a year. For me I've found 1-2 times a week is the sweet spot. Enough to give me energy and a clear mind but not so much that all I can ever think about is sex. There's more to life than getting laid (but that's certainly a big part of it).

[–]Eternasphere 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Is it really that hard to stop watching porn, or are you also including masturbation in that? So far i've gone 3 weeks without intentionally viewing porn, and I only jerk off when I can't sleep (every 3 or 4 days) and with my imagination.

[–]gramblenator 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I think it's a situational thing as well. If you're a decent looking guy who gets laid very so often, has a social life, keeps busy, and is proactive, then not watching porn isn't that difficult. If you're a hermit who has a minimal social life with every negative side effect that comes with it, porn can become quite the hobby, if not a bad habit. The key here is to find things to make your life more enjoyable for the sake of enjoyment, not to just watch porn. I was in a rut for a while until my social life expanded and now watching porn seems somewhat of a task. I had to obtain the mentality of increasing life pleasure before I was able to quit porn all together.

[–]donkey_democrat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Work your way down. If your porn is kinky or exotic work down to regular porn, then to just pictures, not videos, then just use your imagination, then stop all together.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (21 children)

to be honest, fap once a while that bad? I remeber in military i went out fapping for three weeks, and when i came home i thought litterally how it would be to fuck every women i saw on the bus home. The fap was the best one ever thoug

[–]Endorsed Contributorseattleron 10 points11 points  (12 children)

I don't get the no fap crowd. Yes, if you master that then you prob have the self discipline to master just about anything, but it decreases your T and all it ever does to me is giv