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Chemicals modern demons ppt

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Meet Your Happy Chemicals Dopamine Serotonin Oxytocin Endorphin Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD copyright 2012When your brain releases one of these chemicals, you feel good. Dopamine Serotonin Oxytocin Endorphin copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDIt would be nice if they surged all the time. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDBut they don’t work that way. Each happy chemical has a special job to do, and it turns off when the job is done. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDThat’s why we’re always looking for ways to turn on our happy chemicals. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDWhen we find something that works, we repeat it. The brain builds a “happy-chemical habit.” copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDMany happy habits have negative side effects. Unhappiness results. Your brain may react by trying harder to trigger happy chemicals in the same old ways. A bad loop... copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDFor example: I bet you can think of ten examples in ten seconds We each struggle to manage a brain that seeks happy chemicals in the ways it learned from past experience. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDThe GOOD NEWS IS... You can escape this loop. You can build a new happy habit to substitute for an old one. You can do it in 45 days. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDThe BAD NEWS IS... It’s hard. It won’t feel good for 45 days. It may even feel like your survival is threatened because your brain equates old happy habits with survival. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDIt’s easier when you know how your brain works This presentation has 3 brain-savvy tips to help build new happy habits with fewer negative side effects. When this presentation is over, choose one old happy habit you’d like to replace with a new one. Plan in detail how you will activate a new behavior for 45 days while your brain is re-wiring itself. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDAll the information here is elaborated in my new book, Meet Your Happy Chemicals 99 9. on Amazon 99 2. on Kindle copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhD3 tips for easier rewiring 1. Don’t judge yourself for 45 days. 2. Make peace with your unhappy chemicals. 3. Choose your new happy habit wisely. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDTip 1 Don’t judge yourself for 45 days Your brain needs 45 days of repetition for a new habit to start feeling normal. Accept bad feelings for those first 44 days instead of letting them change your course. Don’t expand the bad feelings by judging yourself. Your brain is a complex contraption. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDExamples Jane starts eating healthy after years of compulsive snacking. But she doesn’t feel as “great” as she expected. “Maybe this isn’t for me,” she thinks. She catches herself judging and sticks to her plan. In 45 days, healthy eating feels natural to her. John stops partying and gets serious about his studies. But he has the impression that everyone else “gets it” faster than he does. He focuses on studying instead of judging, and in 45 days he feels good about his new self despite the frustrations of social comparison. Mary and Mel stop fighting and build the habit of calm acceptance. They think it feels “phony” when they control their tempers. But instead of judging these awkward feelings, they stick to the plan, and in 45 days, calm acceptance feels great copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDWhy is our wiring so quirky? We learn effortlessly in youth, but as you age, new learning requires repetition. Your happy chemicals got wired by things you picked up by accident. Humans are not born pre-programmed with survival skills. We’re born to connect neurons from life experience. Our earliest experiences make connections that our later knowledge rests on. By age 2, some of your neurons have already died, and others have started networking. By age 7, your network is big enough to rely on. By 21, your neurochemical cake is baked. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhD ? ? ? Your brain equates old learning with survival, even when you learned something unhealthy. There’s no delete button, but you have the power to build a new circuit by putting your focus elsewhere. The new circuit must grow big and strong because the old circuit will always be there. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDTip 2 Make peace with unhappy chemicals Unhappy chemicals are part of your brain’s normal operating system. They alert you to survival threats the way happy chemicals alert you to survival boosts. If you run from them, you’ll always be running. You can learn to live with them instead. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDWhy do unhappy chemicals seem to surge when you do things that are good for you? They were there all along but you were masking them with a happy habit. Unhappy chemicals are always trying to protect you by finding potential harm and sounding a warning. They feel bad because that works: it gets your attention. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhDExamples a smoker Joe started smoking because it helped him feel safe in uncomfortable situations. He stopped smoking and his unsafe feelings grew. His brain needs time to build a new safety habit. He tried donuts, but saw the down side. So he tried just noticing his threatened feelings, and reminding himself of his own triumphs. In 45 days, that new habit felt as safe as a cigarette once did, even though the world is not actually safer. a spender Shopping made Sue feel important, and as soon as she stuck to her budget, her old unworthy feelings kept creeping up. Manipulating people helped her feel important again, but she realized that has bad side effects too. Instead, Sue started accepting her natural urge for importance, and its inevitable ups and downs. In 45 days, she could face disappointments without self-destructive spending binges. a workaholic Frank felt good at work. When he started coming home early, bad feelings took him by surprise. Instead of running back to work, he faced those bad feelings and learned about his fear of conflict. In 45 days, his brain learned that conflict does not kill him, and that his needs will be respected if he respects the needs of others. copyright 2012 Loretta G. Breuning, PhD