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Are our hormones being hijacked by technology?
Dr. Anna Lembke, MDDr. Anna Lembke, MDHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript48m
Dopamine is our feel-good hormone: the one that encourages us to seek out pleasure. But the relentless pursuit of pleasure can lead to pain too. How can we find contentment in an age of instant gratification and overindulgence?
Dopamine is the feel-good hormone. It's one of the primary drivers of our brain's reward system and gives us the feeling of wellbeing that we associate with pleasure. But as we all know, we can get too much of a good thing.

We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting... And it's made all of us vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.

Psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke runs the Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University and is the author of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. She joins us in The Garden to explore the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain, and how we can find the kind of contentment that sticks.

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The Theory of Happiness

Happiness: is it a science, or is it an art? To help us all get through the deepest and darkest part of January, we're exploring what researchers and deep thinkers have to say about what makes us happy.

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How can someone avoid replacing one addiction with another one?
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What's the ending of the story?! How is the guy now that you described? Was he able to stop or reduce his use of videogaming long term so as to improve his wellbeing?
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Anna, thank you for your wonderful talk. There's certainly a lot to take away, and I'm pleased to accept your challenge!Simon

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