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The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race

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Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied sp ...more
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Published August 14th 2018 by BenBella Books
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Nothing compares to natural, self made highs.

I ask myself in such contexts what influence meditation, mindfulness, and positive psychology might have on the neurochemistry of the brain and, in this case, especially on the essential little helpers that make our emotional spectrum so manifold, wonderful, irresponsible, and prone to lunacy.

I liked the chapters Domination and Politics the most, because we tend to forget that we are mentally unstable monkey with different nuances of madness from ec
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Megan Wight
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The author lost a lot of credibility when he inflated the truth about Newton. He was trying to correlate psychosis and brilliance, which is a fair and fun thought but he failed to mention Newton’s mercury exposure which precipitated Newton’s insanity. The author would have let the unknown reader assume it validated his hypothesis. He stretched the truth and oversimplified to make readers believe dopamine was the contributing factor in many ailments when the truth is SO very complex and diverse. ...more
Bharath
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book on how just one chemical – Dopamine influences so much of our behaviour. The undue influence Dopamine exerts is amazing considering the fraction the Dopamine circuit occupies in our brains. This is a well written book and very informative as well.

The crux of our behaviour boils down to two outlooks we humans have – here & now matters (which the authors refer to as the H&N circuit) and the future (our desires and actions). Dopamine is largely what determines how we
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Morgan Blackledge
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best (engaging + entertaining + educational + enlightening) science writing I have experienced in quite some time.

Additionally, the subject matter is utterly germane to the issues of addiction, mental health, compulsory consumption and more fundamentally learning, motivation and ultimately well being.

The most important realization to be had in the process of recovery is.

Literally everyone suffers to some degree or another, from the mechanisms that underly addiction.

Some of us are un
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Neha
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oversimplified and overgeneralised. I was hoping for an in-depth look at the science but honestly felt like I didn't learn anything new because the book didn't dwell into studies and science and instead spent a lot of time on its theories on relationships, liberals vs conservative personalities, and the future of the human race. Every chemical other than dopamine was actually simplified into "here and now molecules", that's how unwilling this book is to talk about the science of the brain. The c ...more
Riku Sayuj
In how many garbs will 'Thinking Fast and Slow' keep coming to us? ...more
Anastasia
Jun 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm sure the authors could have done better things with their time. The concept of pop science has been reduced to retard level, and this book is the perfect example: it takes a complicated concept, reduces it to simple metaphors until it loses all meaning, and then blabbers for almost 300 useless pages around the exact same idea, using 500 different examples so you don't realise that there's absolutely no new information at all. Wow, dopamine makes you think about the future and then there's so ...more
Nina
Jun 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
A lot of interesting information and research
Ell
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Once I started reading The Molecule of More I couldn’t put it down. I was engrossed. The book is both engaging and informative. The Molecule of More dives into dopamine’s role in human behavior in a comprehensive and captivating manner. Dopamine is a chemical that is never really satisfied. It eagerly waits in anticipation of more. It has little regard for morality, emotions, rationality or how much one already has, subsequently propelling us to chase more…. sometimes for good and sometimes for ...more
Jade
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting non-fiction books that I've read so far. The Molecule of More is a combination of human behavior, psychology, and biology! I'm always interested in understanding human behavior and psychology, but this Daniel Lieberman blew my mind because he explains everything at DNA-level. Before this book, I know my personality and I am aware of the behavior patterns that I tend to take. After reading book, I don't only understand my patterns, but also understand WHY and WHAT is h ...more
Ardalan
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book reminded me again of how I should change my rating strategy at Goodreads. So, from now on I will include a new factor in my ratings: Being a transformative and life-altering experience! That is, if reading a book made a history in my life or not. I wouldn't give a book full 5 stars whatever interesting, informative and nice it was unless it arms me with a special tool to view the world and this book was definitely one of them.
I really believe this book is so much underrated an
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Marco
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
In the past, when I was even more naïve as to how the world works than I am today, I'd think this book explained a lot of human nature.

Now I see clearly how these books don't actually answer anything: they just use other terminology. For instance, to the question: why are we anxious? A book like this answers: Oh, simple, you see, it's because of a neurotransmitter called dopamine.

So scientists just use a different name for anxiety without actually answering anything. Sure, you can find the sit
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Stuart Borne
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book early via NetGalley. This book has to be the authority on dopamine and how it influences human behavior for the mainstream public. Learning about the difference between dopamine and the here and now (H&N) molecules was eye opening. The difference being one (dopamine) is all about the future and is never satisfied, hence the name of the book, and the others (H&N) are all about being present and fulfilled in the moment. We need both to survive and thrive. The authors do a great job ...more
Alex
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of text for the quantity of information it brings. All the infos can be found in Internet.
David
Well, let me start by saying I was a firm believer in the concept of Free Will. That we are in many if not most cases, able to make decisions that will most benefit us or will bring about our ruin, whichever argument wins out in our hearts, minds, and souls.
As it turns out, we are just sacks of plasma being pushed around and bullied by our body's brain chemistry and its supply of dopamine (which for my money is the root of the slang term for drugs, "dope").
Ironically the dopamine circuits in th
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Estera
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was going through the pages and was wondering what do I even represent as a human, beyond my hormones. It took a long time to read it because it's the type of content I would like to keep in and be aware of the processes within me when I react to things (not easy for my emotion-driven self). I'm not even sure how much I even like Dopamine at this point, I think it's threatening my happiness.
Do read it! Filled with examples and study cases, easy to understand yourself in the pages and clear poin
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Stephen Rowland
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The topic is interesting, but apparently the author roped in a fucking Hollywood screenwriter to dumb the material down as much as possible. "Pop science" at its worst. If you're stupid, you'll probably dig it. It's as if Guy Fieri wrote a book on neuroscience. ...more
Sarah
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I RARELY hand out five stars. I insist everyone stop what they are doing right now and go out and get it and read it. It makes life make so much sense. In a lot of ways I was prepared to read it. After substance abuse problems, mental health problems, the Trump crisis/political ideology split in our family and just general life musings about many things they cover the molecule in question- dopamine- and its mechanisms and operation explains a whole lot about human behavior. I have been reading a ...more
Maria
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Quite frankly, there is almost nothing not to like about this book. Not going to lie, it might a bit challenging and brain-racking (since it's not really my cup of tea in terms of genre), but nonetheless is informative, provocative and well-written. Whether you are a psychiatrist preoccupied with medical practice or just an eager-to-know person (like me) who wonders why we act the way we do, you will find this book to be a fascinating treasure crammed with a plethora of captivating information a ...more
K.J. Ramsey
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is packed with fascinating research and interesting stories. I learned a great deal about dopamine. However, I learned so little about harnessing dopamine to be in harmony with our here-and-now neurotransmitters that I ended the book with neither satiation nor an idea how to apply what I learned beyond reading more...

I would have liked to see a lot fewer random factoids and a lot more integration of strengthening who we are as humans who have more than dopamine flowing through our bodi
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Pascal
Aug 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
On Dopamine, the driver of our goal directed activities and relentless pursuit of more. Contrasted with the "here and now" systems of Serotonin and Oxytocin.

Explains variations in personality styles as related to being more Dopaminergic or not, definitely personably applicable for me - good insights.
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Hill Krishnan
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dopamine:
1. It’s an anticipating molecule.
2. A molecule of excessive earning. It wants more and never happy when it reaches the goal. It spurs you further.
3. Oxytocin given female prairie woles(rats) bonded monogamously. Similarly Vasopressin is a good husband hormone for males BUT it’s opposite of dopamine!
4. Oxytocin and vasopressin suppress testosterone and vice versa. That’s why men w/ higher testosterone doesn’t settle down. Eventually most men by 49 settle down.
5. Menstruated women have h
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Leila Gharavi
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have all heard so much about how serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and a whole tedious array of unusual names make us happy! This book has a novel approach and it is the reason why I really enjoyed reading this book. What is happiness? What do these hormones "actually" do? What is the difference between these weird names and how do they stand in each others' way?
I found out about this book on one of the episodes of the APA's podcast, where they had invited the authors. The text was well-develope
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Dianna
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A fascinating look at how dopamine fuels our brain and motivates us to do things, while looking at the way having a balanced brain can bring us more happiness and contentment.

Every time I'd pick up my phone while I read this, I'd think to myself, "Time for some dopamine," and when I'd sit down to read with one of my kids, I'd think, "Here and Now time." The ideas presented in this book definitely worked their ways into my daily life!
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Ivana
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely paramount book to read if we are to understand the human condition.
Oyinlomo Bamgbose
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Isaac Hannon
Jun 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is written from a secular, evolutionary, primitive perspective. When read through a lens that all things were created and intentionally designed by a loving God, it is truly fascinating to see how He has wired our brains down to the smallest molecules in order to enjoy life and reflect His heart. On the flip side, it is eye opening to see how sin has taken hold of this molecule and used it as the source of so much destruction. When the Lord takes hold of our hearts, we are lead to desi ...more
Liliana Motricala
Jan 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting book on dopamine and its strong impact on our lives. I especially enjoyed the chapters about creativity and madness. The chapter on politics I had to skip, not my cup of tea.
Overall a good book, funny facts and lots of studies, I will look now in a different way to the world and people around me. Maybe they are just too dopaminergic, not really jerks. 😁

“Dopamine has a very specific job: maximizing resources that will be available to us in the future, idealizing the unknown
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Karen Chung
Feb 08, 2022 rated it liked it
I'm very interested in the role of neurotransmitters in learning and motivation, so I thought I'd find out more about at least one of them in this book – and I did. But I guess I was looking for more on the biochemistry behind dopamine and its role in learning, and something that also covered the other neurotransmitters as well, rather than what types of people, e.g. liberal vs. conservative, tend to be more dopaminergic. I suppose these directions of inquiry were also fairly interesting, and th ...more
C.A. Gray
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really fascinating!

I already had a framework for the concepts, so that made it much easier to listen to as an audiobook. What I knew already was that dopamine was associated with pleasure and reward, and the lack of it (and its downstream metabolites, norepinephrine and epinephrine) with a particular kind of depression: the kind that lacks excitement or interest. It's also the neurotransmitter associated with focus; in excess, it can lead to schizophrenia, and in deficit, it can lead to Parkins
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Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D. is a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University. Dr. Lieberman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a recipient of the Caron Foundation Research Award, and he has published over 50 scientific reports on behavioral science. He has provided insight on psychiatric issues for the U.S. Department of He ...more

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“From dopamine’s point of view, having things is uninteresting. It’s only getting things that matters. If you live under a bridge, dopamine makes you want a tent. If you live in a tent, dopamine makes you want a house. If you live in the most expensive mansion in the world, dopamine makes you want a castle on the moon. Dopamine has no standard for good, and seeks no finish line. The dopamine circuits in the brain can be stimulated only by the possibility of whatever is shiny and new, never mind how perfect things are at the moment. The dopamine motto is “More.” 12 likes
“Dopamine isn’t the pleasure molecule, after all. It’s the anticipation molecule. To enjoy the things we have, as opposed to the things that are only possible, our brains must transition from future-oriented dopamine to present-oriented chemicals, a collection of neurotransmitters we call the Here and Now molecules, or the H&Ns. Most people have heard of the H&Ns. They include serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins (your brain’s version of morphine), and a class of chemicals called endocannabinoids (your brain’s version of marijuana). As opposed to the pleasure of anticipation via dopamine, these chemicals give us pleasure from sensation and emotion. In fact, one of the endocannabinoid molecules is called anandamide, named after a Sanskrit word that means joy, bliss, and delight.” 10 likes
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