WHY DID I DO THAT?

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By Donna-Christine (D.C.) McGuire There is one Jekyll and Hyde brain chemical that if understood and used intentionally could dramatically improve life on this planet, for everyone. In the dark about dopamine? It’s an opioid cousin of cocaine and amphetamines, and with similar addictive rewards.
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ELECTRICAL SHOCK RATHER THAN TIME ALONE WITH THOUGHTS!

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Most people are just not comfortable in their own heads, In fact, most would rather be doing anything, even possibly hurting themselves, rather than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts, even for a brief time! During several of Professor Tim Wilson’s experiments at the University of Virginia and Harvard, participants were asked to sit alone in a room at a laboratory with no cell phone, reading materials, or anything else, to distract them, and to spend up to 15 minutes – depending on the study – focused on their own thoughts.
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FREE DRUGS & LEGAL HIGHS!

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Quiz Which of the following light up our Animal Brains with a dopamine rush? ___ threat ___ novelty ___ worry/stress ___ sex ___ money ___ competition ___ ringtones ___ video games ___ gambling ___ amphetamines ___ cocaine ___ heroin ___ nicotine ___ sugar ___ fatty foods ___ organic fruits and veggies ___ risk ___ conflict ___ threats ___ aggression ___ violence ___ punishment ___ aggressive music ___ sports ___ laughter ___ achievement ___ collaboration ___ discovery

If you answered everything except the fruits and veggies (sorry!), you’re right!
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YOU COULD BE DOPAMINE-WHIPPED if:

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                                                                                                                                         QUIZ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Will Work for Dopamine!     

___ You are uncomfortable or bored if you have to go for an hour without checking your phone, listening to music, or turning on the television, computer, or gaming device ___ You cannot remember the last time you got through any meeting or social interaction without looking at your Smartphone ___ You get annoyed when someone asks you to turn off your Smartphone or leave it at home when you go out to dinner,  take a long weekend, or are with your kids ___ You feel most alive when you are making risky trades or wagers, getting away with something, or looking at porn ___ You are edgy, prone to aggression, and deliberately create conflict to provoke excitement ___ You are overweight ___ You exercise compulsively ___ You love engaging in or watching extreme sports ___ You play video games until they compromise sleep, relationships, your job, or achievement at school ___ You have to overtake anyone in front of you whether it is on the road or at the office ___ You constantly feel on guard about the behavior of others ___ You are chronically stressed, frustrated, and anxious ___ You are a workaholic ___ You find it difficult to maintain romantic relationships ___ You prefer fast food to a sit-down meal ___ You are a news and information junkie ___ You spend beyond your means
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TIRED OF BEING EXHAUSTED?

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If you’re constantly in the red-zone with stress, here’s what’s likely to be happening!

#1 The first filter in the brain is the thalamus, which makes an instantaneous call on whether something is a possible (imagined or real) threat demanding instinctual action to be orchestrated by the Reptilian and Animal Brain, or intellectual processing in the Human Brain.
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WHY WE’RE ADDICTED TO OVEREATING, WORRY, DEVICES, MUSIC, and SO MANY OTHER TEMPTATIONS! by D.C. McGuire

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We love music for much the same reason we can be drawn to sex, drugs, worrying, gambling, video gaming, and fatty, sugary food. All, to differing degrees, cause our brains to release dopamine, a naturally occurring neurochemical, capable of addicting us to its pleasures.
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Brain Inflammation Affects Thinking and Emotions

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Scientists have known for a while now that inflammation contributes to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. But lately they have been turning up evidence that inflammation can affect the brain more directly and acutely, and might underlie a wider range of problems, from impaired cognition during infections to depression and even schizophrenia.
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GOOD NEWS FOR POOR, ABUSED, NEGLECTED, & TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN

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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
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8 WEEKS TO A BETTER BRAIN!

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A team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers has found that in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program (30 minutes per day) novice meditators make measurable, structural changes in their brains. Brain scans document that over time, meditation produces changes in gray matter, specifically a thickening in the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention, learning, memory processes, emotional regulation, self-awareness, and perspective taking.
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CURE FOR DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC

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Media news, 24/7 of the worst of the worst, Ebola, ISIS, the environment, politics, business, healthcare, jobs, inequality, violence and terrorism, has put global enthusiasm for life on hold. Humanity is suffering from an epidemic of depression.

Barraged by unrelenting cable television and on-line news sources, the public is vulnerable to sinking beneath the enormity of media-hyped crises, buying into an imagined belief in their own individual powerlessness.
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TEEN BRAINS, BRILLIANT & INSANE

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What IS going on in the teen brain?  What causes it to function unlike the brains of children or adults?  What can help teens use their brains to be safer, healthy, happier, and more successful adults?

This link offers the power point presentation, “Teen Brains, Brilliant and Insane”, given October 13, 2014

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