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Daniel Z. Lieberman

How Dopamine Drives Love, Creativity & Addiction


It feels amazing to be motivated, engaged, and enthusiastic about whatever it is we’re doing – and dopamine plays a critical role in drumming up those emotions. Dopamine gives us the ambition and drive to move forward with confidence on whatever project or task we might be working on. 

In recent years though, technology has compromised our mind and body’s relationship with dopamine. Today more than ever, it seems that dopamine controls us rather than us controlling it. Instead of using it in a way that benefits us, all of this technology and social media apps and products have helped foster a global addiction to dopamine. 

So how can we overcome this? What steps can we take to create a healthy relationship with something that plays such a critical role in our body chemistry? My guest today is the one-and-only, Daniel Z. Lieberman, and he’s going to share how we can ALL beat our dopamine addiction and take back control of our moods, emotions, and responses. I’m excited for you all to hear this one!

“Reality is a million times richer than anything we can imagine." @moleculeofmore  

Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Lieberman received his medical degree and completed his psychiatric training at New York University. He is an award-winning educator and researcher and has provided insights on mental health topics for the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Commerce, and the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Dr. Lieberman shares his expertise on the neurobiological basis of human behavior as a frequent guest on radio, television, and podcasts. He is the coauthor of the international bestseller The Molecule of More, which has been translated into 16 languages.

If you’re ready to learn the science behind motivation, the pros and cons of a dopamine detox, and how to have a better relationship with dopamine, then I think you’ll gain a ton of value from this conversation. And now, please join me for Episode 1,256 of The School of Greatness!

“One of the beautiful things about dopamine is it can make us feel so alive as we work to make the future better than the present." @moleculeofmore  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How does dopamine hurt us and help us?
  • Why is it so valuable to experience hardship?
  • Do we need a dopamine detox?
  • What is the difference between the conscious and unconscious mind?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to use dopamine in a healthy, productive way.
  • A common mistake people make about love.
  • The root causes of depression.
  • How to not focus too much on the future.
  • Plus much more…
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