What are common dopamine releasing behaviors we should try to avoid?

October 24, 2018
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We commonly talk about addictive dopamine releasing behaviors that we should try to avoid or strictly limit such as: drinking, watching tv, sleeping in, etc.

What are other dopamine releasing behaviors that should be monitored?

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Title What are common dopamine releasing behaviors we should try to avoid?
Author CypressSmallz
Upvotes 108
Comments 146
Date October 24, 2018 12:30 PM UTC (2 years ago)
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[–][deleted] 145 points146 points  (39 children) | Copy Link

Porn. You don't want to end up as that addict who gets fired for looking at porn at work or imprints on some degenerate and/or impractical sex act.

[–]Lego_My_Alter_Eggo27 points28 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

I am unable to confidently talk to women if I jack off to porn the night before. Admitting this to myself has helped me to stop watching porn, and it's resulted in me getting a date for the first time in a long time.

[–]BlackVale2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I still don’t know how to talk to women and I might watch once every three months

[–]ChadTheWaiter1000 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy Link

Just one date or multiple?

[–]Lego_My_Alter_Eggo1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Just one for now. Baby steps.

[–]ChadTheWaiter100-1 points0 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Bredda. What is your height, weight and body fat percentage? And what is your face on a scale of 1-10. I may be able to help you bredda.

[–]Lego_My_Alter_Eggo0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

5'11 175 I'm not fat but my abs are decently hidden under fat. I've been working out lately and seeing gains. I have a symmetrical face. I'd say I'm attractive, but haven't ever applied myself

[–]TehJimmyy13 points14 points  (18 children) | Copy Link

Any alternatives for someone who isnt getting any action and is on monk mode.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (9 children) | Copy Link

There's always a good old imagination/shower session. Jerking off didn't begin with the advent of streaming video of course.

[–]youareshandy11 points12 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Masturbation while standing became difficult after streaming video became more popular.

[–]Ryzasu0 points1 point  (7 children) | Copy Link

What's the difference between imagination and porn though and why is only porn harmful?

[–]eccentricrealist9 points10 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

Your reptile brain thinks it's successful in mating strategy therefore making you complacent

[–]Ryzasu1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

But why doesn't your brain think the same when jacking to imagination?

[–]eccentricrealist5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

No because you're not staring at dozens of different naked women

[–]salamchik1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

if you jerk off by fantasizing about real life woman then its fine. However, if you fantasize about porn its the same as watching porn.

[–]mrheh0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Hold on, we can still beat off just not watch porn to do it? I really have to read more sidebar

[–]eccentricrealist1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

It's better, but I still wouldn't do it all of the time

[–]fromdario 1 points [recovered]  (4 children) | Copy Link

Take this with a grain of salt because I cannot remember where I heard it...

Apparently jerking off to the random attractive women you see / meet during the day is one of the healthiest ways to jerk off.

Let's say you see a cute girl in line at a coffee shop but you have a chance to admire her.

You jerk off to her and likely you are expanding on what you saw while you do it, which wires the brain to start seeing that pathway with that type of person as an alternative (i.e. random girl could become girl I fuck). Secondly, it can also reset your reward system. Porn & social media related erectile dysfunction are in part caused by over stimulation, i.e. you have 100 tabs open or infinite scrolling of hot babes, as opposed to just one mediocre girl you have in real life. Jerking off to something with such minimal reward, the clothed body of your remembered encounter with a girl helps prepare you to keep you excited when you actually have sex as its the natural reward system in work.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Makes sense tbh

[–]ChadTheWaiter1002 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Fuck an escort. Thank me later.

[–]Amr_Yasser 1 points [recovered]  (1 child) | Copy Link

Did you try sex stories?

[–]TehJimmyy1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

no englighten me

[–]Iwantmypasswordback13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Right we definitely do NOT want to get caught laying on our back in the copier room underneath where the ceiling leaks pretending to be the guy in the middle of five girls peeing on him

[–]fade2clear 1 points [recovered]  (6 children) | Copy Link

Limit instant gratification and focus on delayed, fulfilling gratification.

Get off the internet firstly.

[–]moltenw5 points6 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

What if you want to learn graphic design? Learn how to make EDM? Video editing? Programmer? Etc

[–]DayGameChirality4 points5 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

Then it's hard mode

[–]moltenw0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy Link

I might even agree with you, since I was a huge procrastinator a few years back as well as addicted to video games, and I wanted to do graphic design... Boy do does things just not go well together huh...

[–]iwviw0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy Link

How did things change?

[–]eccentricrealist0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

You tie your ballsack and just do it

[–]moltenw0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I started living in the preset moment.

That said, even though things are much much better, I still have a way to go before I fully kill procrastination. Gaming is killed, except for the world championship that I'm watching in League. After that, Esports is gone as well.

[–]lifeisweirdasfuck129 points130 points  (8 children) | Copy Link

Ironically, reading too much self-help stuff (such as TRP) without applying it.

[–]1984Survivor44 points45 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

not ironic at all, it's an actual thing named mental masturbation

[–]lifeisweirdasfuck6 points7 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Yep. What I meant is that people believe that reading this stuff can only cause you good, while in reality you can easily worsen your game and general life because your brain can't internalise everything you read, and gets flooded after a while

[–]1984Survivor0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

It's much more productive for one to approach girls at the gym, activities, shop, etc, than it is to read. They complement each other, but the ultimate goal is to pick up somebody, so approaching>reading

[–]TFWnoLTR13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I'm glad you said this. I've fallen into this trap recently. Time to get back on the horse.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Don't say that, I'll be ashamed of myself.

[–]bcitman0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Any examples?

[–]Selentest0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

This is the most dangerous one.

[–]AlmightyPhoenix-3 points-2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

also, reading too much self-help stuff (such as TRP) and applying it

[–][deleted] 74 points75 points  (14 children) | Copy Link

Cocaine

[–]look_good7 points8 points  (12 children) | Copy Link

drugs are cool. highly recommend lsd and other psychedelics

[–]mrheh1 point2 points  (7 children) | Copy Link

Those are worse IMO, they can leave lifelong mental issues. I know from experience.

[–]look_good13 points14 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

Lol, if you have mental issues, stop giving advice

[–]mrheh3 points4 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

Just random anxiety attacks a few times a year from doing mushrooms. Don't tell people psychedelics are some safe drugs because they are not. Just because Joe Rogan said they're safe doesn't make it so.

[–]look_good0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy Link

nah fuck that ppl can do their own research. psychedelics (lsd twice, shrooms 4-5) had a cool impact on my life and I will always advocate psychedelics

[–]Radkin0074 points5 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

And here we have both sides of the coin. One who got jacked up, the other with positive effects. This really shows we ain’t all the same.

[–]look_good-3 points-2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

do ur own research. dont be an npc

[–]Radkin0070 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Are you saying that everyone will be impacted the exact same way when taking a chemical altering substance, (medicinal, illegal, psychedelic, etc.)?

[–]look_good0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

no im saying do ur own research n think for urself. if things fuck up for u, no one else gives a shit.

[–]MYMOUTHISNUMmn0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy Link

Yeah all the cool kids are doing crack.

[–]look_good3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

sure, the ones who can’t think for themselves

[–]N-methylamph0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

I wouldn’t call crack something that people who can’t think for themselves, smoking crack is some very antisocial behavior

[–]look_good0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

in a broader sense but nobody decides to do crack on their own

[–]thechaosz-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I fucking love cocaine

[–]streetlecture21 points22 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Anything that takes you off your path.

The devil is in the details.

[–]Internet_Curmudgeon84 points85 points  (13 children) | Copy Link

Fingering your own butthole when you sit down to poop

[–]DadOnDabs46 points47 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

This is huge

[–]BusterVadge35 points36 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

It will be if you keep fingering it.

[–]MNCPA2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

...like a pumpkin...

[–]DadOnDabs0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

And I got my first reddit silver. No clue what that means but thanks

[–]genesisofman19 points20 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

What if the shit is stuck

[–]Internet_Curmudgeon31 points32 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Your fingers won't be long enough. Try getting another man to fit his penis in there to clear it out.

[–]genesisofman22 points23 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Thanks bro

[–]BeornPlush4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

It's a trap, you could cause tiny skin ruptures and lose a surprisingly large amount of blood over that.

[–]ChadTheWaiter1001 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Over what? Constipation?

[–]seedster54 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

What In the actual fuck...

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I literally just fingered my butthole while jacking off last night. Didn’t watch porn though

[–]ChadTheWaiter1000 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

And you fall yourself an alpha?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yes because occasionally fingering your butthole automatically makes you beta

[–]Awayhethrows1961 1 points [recovered]  (15 children) | Copy Link

Technically anything you enjoy doing will release dopamine. I think it's important to determine where you're getting "cheap hits" from (i.e. porn, caffeine, etc...) and focus more on meaningful, productive tasks and activities.

[–]CypressSmallz[S] 7 points8 points  (12 children) | Copy Link

Examples?

[–]bigkids23 points24 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Stay away from porn, self-loathing, cheap sugars, too much caffeine, unhealthy fat sources and stagnation.

Cold showers, weightlifting and meditating are all activities that help with dopamine release and are easily incorporated into your routine.

Make sure your sugar consumption is not drastic, your diet is complete with healthy fats and check your magnesium and zinc intake. Exercise regularly and control your stress levels.

Make sure that you have a routine and check your sleep quality, making sure it’s restful and plentiful.

Those are some ways to boost your dopamine levels. The activities listed are some examples to help release those hormones naturally throughout your body.

[–]HappyMexican4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Sleep is the big one I figured out lately. I just got a new job in the a big city, at a huge company with a good work culture starting next month. I'm from the nowhere Midwest so a big city is pretty thrilling and new for me. I have wanted to live in a modern big city since I was young, especially if I could work at a tech company too.

I find sleep in particular makes life and killing it so much easier. Dieting is easier cause your not as hungry, work outs are better because you have energy, and concentration on mundane things is easier too. First thing I am going to do when I get there is buy a big comfortable bed for restful sleep. I want to move up at this company quickly.

I have a lot other bad habits too and currently my favorites are Weed, Wine and Video games. HUUUUUGE time waster but I love it. Overwatch or Grand theft auto while cross faded gives me shivers of excitement. It is going to be hard not overdo these items, but I feel I can still do it on weekends or special occasions in moderation.

[–]Brendan40939 points40 points  (7 children) | Copy Link

Working out, making your bed, Thanking the bus driver..etc

[–]thatmanadrian67 points68 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

Also - thanking the bus driver will ensure you get infinite pussy in the future

[–]lakazepo8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Bonus points: I tell the bus driver "have a good night!"

[–]RPAlternate428 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

No, it won't, but being mindful about those around you and acknowledging that he work others do to make your life easier makes you a more well rounded person.

People like other people who are mindful of others; you don't need to he agreeable with everyone, but just mindful of their existence and role in your life.

It's the first exercise in combatting covert contracts and learning to be stoic in your decisions: thank others for their work and be happy about doing so even if they don't give a shit about your opinion. Let it roll off, ignore, and go about your day.

Being appreciative, openly, with others who help you is for you to feel good and it shows others your a good guy to be around and that energy carries.

If they are assholes to you, thank them anyways and move on. If they are pleasant, reinforce and imprint yourself upon them as this can only improve your reputation.

[–]thatmanadrian1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I concur 100%

[–]ioncehadsexinapool5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

SUGAR!! Keto will change your life

[–]BBsquat4me7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Even if you don't go full keto, I'd say go down to no processed sugar and eat as cleanly as possible. Honestly even avoid fruits like bananas and apples (which in America have been grown to be very sugar heavy and low in nutrients) and stick to berries.

[–]JaYogi0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Should I stop taking preworkout?

[–]velinxs0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Good to cycle it every so often.

[–]GayLubeOil33 points34 points  (15 children) | Copy Link

Yelling slurs out of moving vehicles, sugar, nostalgic videos

[–]moltenw5 points6 points  (11 children) | Copy Link

Sugar

I've been wondering for a while now how Sugar affects you, but I don't trust sources outside of TRP that much to give me a real answer to this.

Could you exapnd upon how exactly is sugar bad? And what's too much sugar? My only source of sugar is sweet chilli sauce on my rice n chicken, literally the only one (although 4 portions a day = 40~ grams, which is veerry likely too much).

[–]inspiredshane2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Sugar causes an increase in insulin, which can, over enough time, lead to insulin resistance and a whole host of other potential conditions and diseases. Sugar is the usually the first drug a human gets addicted to, because of candy. Even the old experiments designed to test one’s capacity for delaying gratification are based off how long a child can go without eating a marshmallow. You’re talking about an instinct older than sex, most likely. Watching your sugar intake is very important, and often overlooked.

[–]TFWnoLTR1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

This is just my opinion based on my own experience, and I'm not the guy you aksed.

When I give up sugar for long enough my taste in foods changes, and then my perspective on food as well. First I find more flavor in things that seemed bland without sugar before, like black coffee. Then I seem to feel better about eating veggies rather than feeling like I'm forcing them down just because they're good for me. Then, eventually, I feel as though I no longer crave food out of boredom, and really only remember to eat when my stomach rumbles or some other reason. Quitting sugar was easily a direct factor in the two most successful periods of weight loss in my life because of this.

I've only managed to pull it off twice before, and I'm not sugar free right now, but given these experiences I think the theory that sugar can cause a disproportionate dopamine release in people has some merit.

[–]jwarner95 1 points [recovered]  (6 children) | Copy Link

40 g is fine, make sure you have enough fat in your diet. All sugar does is trigger an insulin response, which tells your body to store everything. The size of the response obviously relates to the amount of sugar ingested. So fat fucks eat too much sugar, not too much fat contrary to popular belief.

[–]moltenw1 point2 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

make sure you have enough fat in your diet.

What are some easy ways to get "Fat?" Peanut butter (natural without any sugars added, of course) ? any easy implemented recommendations other than what google suggests?

[–]randomTATRP0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy Link

olive oil ! drizzle it on everything you eat. and season your salads with it. also, nuts. i eat like 2 pounds of peanuts/week

[–]moltenw0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy Link

So like... if I make chicken n rice in olive oil, after I finish and start eating my "meal", I can just drizzle it on again on the food? Sounds pretty dank.

nuts

So peanut butter is good for that, right?

[–]randomTATRP0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

yes, but don't go overboard with it, since you may have digestion problems.

yeah, but i eat peanuts alone

[–]SteveStJohn1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Could you exapnd upon how exactly is sugar bad?

Everything you need to know

https://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

[–]cornylamygilbert0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

40gs of sugar per meal? That is substantial

Not an absolute answer to your question, but sugar is def addicting

In my understanding and reading, even alternatives like stevia, saccharin, etc can be addicting unfortunately

I'm not perfect, but I'll go long stretches with zero sweeteners beyond an occasional stevia or saccharin and be floored when I have anything mildly sweetened.

It's a weird and shocking realization when you find yourself on zero sweeteners and realize how much you chase the dragon when you do have some.

Also ime, it's an undeniable roadblock toward cutting and getting leaner

[–]forsedditonlyyyy0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

What is wrong with watching nostalgic videos?

[–]GayLubeOil4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Your living in fantasy. Some people get lost in nostalgia

[–]ChadTheWaiter1000 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Brother, you seem to be a fan of dick spencer. Are you racist brother?

[–]waynebradysworld18 points19 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

Watching cnn

[–]allcryptal12 points13 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Who watches CNN

[–]waynebradysworld9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Blue pilled folks

[–]ardu-1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

and Fox as well as most television for that matter

[–]waynebradysworld2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Mostly CNN/ABC/MSNBC though, the really really fake news

[–]ardu-8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

None of the corporate media show the full picture and are all limited in scope and have different biases. Fox was even anti-Trump during the campaign. OANN is the best televised media channel.

[–]waynebradysworld2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Idk what oannn is, but cspan doesn't seem too bad either. They mostly just stick a camera in a room and let you watch without talking heads chiming in.

[–][deleted]8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Sugar

[–]circlhat8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

None, unless you want to be a puritan , in which there is 0 reward, you should structure your life to get what you want, if you want $100,000 a year, you got to cut back on tv and drinking, if your happy with $40k a year, than you can indulge more.

It's important to set a goal, and work towards that goal cutting out bad habits that interfere with it, but looking back some of my happiness times in my life were having out and doing drugs with my friends

[–]cornylamygilbert7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Excellent post. I never realized how much I'm tolerating dopamine fixes even tho I've cut out many of the standard sources.

Porn, weed, alcohol, masturbation, video games, sugar/sweets

I recommend replacing porn, weed, masturbation, and alcohol with running and lifting.

Video games should be sparingly, treat like sugar then practically remove real sugar from your life irl.

Lastly, Reddit and comedy series or movies are my final dopamine vices.

I was floored by the realization that porn, fapping and fantasizing were absolutely ruining my game and drive. The less I've engaged in all of these distractions, the more I've actually made changes to my life and actually gotten substantial progress out of all of my goals and past times.

My final demon: sleeping in. I had no idea it was a dopamine fix but it makes so much sense. I'm gonna have to work hard at this one

[–]aiberdeen7 points8 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Refreshing twitter, facebook, insta and snapchat

Its something im trying to stop as ive found myself litreally all night long just moving from one to another and then repeating

Such a waste of time

[–]randomTATRP0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Seriously, set your screen to monochrome mode. I use my phone so much less than before. Only for communication and music.

[–]yumyumgivemesome11 points12 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Checking emails. Every time you stop what you are doing to open up your emails, you receive a dopamine hit based purely on "I wonder what I'll find this time!" Same goes for Reddit. You can peruse through the same front pages after spending hours on there already, yet your brain is still thinking "I wonder if there's anything new!"

You don't even have to receive an interesting email or find anything interesting on Reddit. Merely the hope of something interesting gives you the kick. Apportion your email/Reddit to specific times in the day. (I know some jobs don't give you that luxury regarding email, so just do the best you can.)

[–]InstigatingDrunk1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

i needed to read this. i've been checking email/reddit at my new job.. i need to focus more on the tasks at hand but...so boring. what to do /;

[–]wawakaka5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

checking your phone

stress

negative events that lead to ocd or obsessive thoughts.

[–]empatheticapathetic2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Smartphone use. Reddit. TRP

[–]Fauxregaurd2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Reddit

[–]torgeirhyl2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Not sure if it's really a dopamine releasing behaviour by itself, but it's in the same vein. Reacting destructively to negative experiences like failing or losing makes it more likely that you'll repeat it. Like, if losing at a game has you smashing something, chances are you'll smash more things/harder with time. You have to learn to accept failure/defeat without such reactions, or you'll be in a pattern, and could end up hurting yourself or someone else.

[–]vandaalen10 points11 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

whats your 1rm dl?

[–]CypressSmallz[S] 7 points8 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Current or all time?

[–]ich_bin_doch_geil6 points7 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Answer the question faggot

[–]CypressSmallz[S] 32 points33 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

475 so almost as much as you mom.

[–]moltenw2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Weren't you on roids? Lol

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Anyone else notice the positive effects of limiting the amount of music you listen to?

[–]jamesbond81811 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I LOVE music and can rap so many songs.... but I hate listening to too much music.

I don’t listen to music while I work out, while I study, while I commute, or while I work.

Music is great but I just can’t focus with it as I am too absolved by it!

[–]OfficerWade1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Common dopamine behaviors would be getting a relationship to get some sorta validation.

-Sport fucking. Rarely is your life in a place for this typa of behavior u less you’re married

-Coffee, Soda, caffeine

-Working paycheck to paycheck

-Running around calling yourself a victim while not taking responsibility for the way you might be pushing people away, projecting, shame, blame and poor me. You gotta keep a positive attitude.

[–]druggaddict1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

  • Mental masturbation
    My hobby is cars. I bought a car I wanted to mod. I spent days reading about what parts are the best, what to start with. Problem is I could use that time to hustle and make some extra money for these parts. It is just going too slow. Reading about mods I had a sense of achievement. I should have saved that for when I actually had the money to do anything. Try to learn about useful things you can apply, if it's useless it's wasted time.
  • Sleeping in
    I fixed it a long time ago, usually wake up between 5-6AM, even on weekends. I noticed when I sleep in one time my whole schedule turns to shit
  • Drugs
    alcohol/weed/pills, anytime I do these (and I do so rarely) I feel like I took a step back to when I was a lazy teenager smoking and drinking every couple of days
  • internet
    it's a tool, use it as such. Don't overdo it, don't use it for entertainment, there are better ways such as socializing, hobby (like building something), learning a new skill, spending time with family or friends etc...
  • Cheap entertainment
    games, tv, porn, frequent habitual social drinking, reading gossip etc
  • any other way of wasting time
    always be productive, wasting time is setting you back and you want to be the best version of yourself. Any time wasted is like kicking future you in the balls. Resting after hard work or when you've earned it is not wasted time. Resting is needed to take a look at the bigger picture and is necessary to improve further.

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and see what's really holding you back. I mean these are okay when used SPARINGLY. Not every other day, not every week/weekend.

[–]drnaline1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Weed, porn, video games, nicotine, sugar. Try replacing these with cold showers, music, coffee, socialising, meditating.

[–]jamesbond81812 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Weed

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Fast food, porn, even posting on social media if you care about the 'likes' or upvotes.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Masturbation

[–]mental_models0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

avoid and monitor results-oriented dopamine highs

learn to love to be wildly addicted to the high of the process-oriented dopamine highs

did she/will-she "say yes"???? - this is TRIVIAL. stop enjoying this and stop treating this like an exciting gamble/rush

did you have your shit together and approached a woman during a quality process that will result in long-term benefit?? - This is SIGNIFICANT. do love this

life is like a softball homerun distance-hitting contest and you get relatively unlimited pitches and relatively limited swings, so get a phat pitch down the middle of your circle of competence and gear your visceral drives to LOVE the process of getting a fat pitch, while limiting/monitoring your tendency to gear your drives toward the result of whether or not you occasionally hit a long-ball.

[–]CaptainBW0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I don't avoid dopamine releasing behaviors, I avoid them during certain times and tasks. I reward myself after a bout of productive work with marijuana, for instance. It's created a positive loop. Instead of avoiding something you enjoy, treat it as something to be enjoyed once you've satisfied some condition - once you've earned it.

[–]thechaosz0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Sleeping in releases dopamine? Color me shocked.

I'm not really into TV so I'm good there

[–]Zanbutsu0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Well even though many of these suggestions may facilitate the process, you should delve into said process itself first, in order to have an object to implement the aforementioned suggestions in the first place.

The degree this nonetheless obvious remark is neglected to is such that it may be wise to consider that it is not really that obvious.

[–]Selentest0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

It's a tie between video games and mindless surfing.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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