Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES and LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER
“Brilliant… riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick
As heard on Fresh Air


This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting… The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.
 
In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain…and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.

GENRE
Nonfiction
NARRATOR
DAL
Dr. Anna Lembke
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
06:11
hr min
RELEASED
2021
August 24
PUBLISHER
Penguin Audio
SIZE
371.2
MB

Customer Reviews

jjfrwnch ,

Great Writing, but cynical

This book is extremely informative, and I did enjoy reading it. However, this book truly does take a cynical view point to modern forms of enjoyment. The author fails to highlight that feeling good is okay, and the writing can definitely put you in a less than happy mood as a result. It isn’t wrong to seek out enjoyment, and happiness is extremely important. Don’t put your life under a microscope as a result of reading this book. Just sit back and take the points the author presents with a grain of salt.

Stacey Washington ,

Privileged

I found the research and studies included very interesting. That’s my 3 stars.

This wasn’t a research or study guide. It came across as wanting to help people but gave very few methods or coping skills.

Her summation is abstinence and to “sit with the pain- eventually you’ll feel better.” This is very a very privileged way of coaching.

I would just recommend reading the studies yourself and skip this book. I would not recommend.

@Lili S ,

Interesting, informative and transformative

The author shares a literal treasure trove of insight and knowledge from her experience as a human and an addiction specialist. The lessons learned from this book will no doubt make me a better clinician to my own patients. I also feel more equipped to practice self-compassion and self-reflection to move forward without destructive shame. Highly recommend.

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