According to one of my friend, our lives are driven by three things: pain, pleasure and fear. Certainly it looks correct in the context of not only the modern world, but the historical events also support this statement in entirety. The powerful beings instill fear in the minds of the majority for their own good. Thus most of us do things out of fear. Being it believing in non existent deities. But most importantly the pleasure proves to be more significant aspect in our lives. We live on entertainment. We want to have experiences that give pleasure or rather release dopamine in our neurological system. Undoubtedly, the brain loves dopamine and want to repeat things that previously gave pleasure to the human being and helped in releasing dopamine, making it an addiction of that action. Problem comes when that action creates psychological or physiological issues. For instance; being alcoholic or chain smoker can deteriorates one’s health. Trying to abstain such feats can deprive the brain of dopamine. But as seen, brain loves dopamine, and being the smartest, it can find a way to gets its daily dose of dopamine.
To prove it, I would like to present a case study. Looking into a case of a addicted onanist, who had no other addiction, he was asked to go on a nofap streak. After a lot of failed attempts, he surprisingly took a longer streak of 60+ days. Initial days were harder, but after approximately 15 days, he got a flat line where there was no denying of existence of the libido and desires but the action to achieve it, through various mediums, looked futile. And this went on for 7 more days but then brain started to look out for alternatives and quickly found one. It appeared that the brain doesn’t distinguishes between actions to achieve release of dopamine. It needs pleasure and can achieve it through several actions; being it consuming alcohol, smoking, shopping, etc. Our subject basically got a newer addiction or rather brain took on a new alternative to get to the ecstasy level. Binge eating. Shockingly, he took on a new habit of eating more food primarily consisting of sugar and processed components. In conclusion, brain loves dopamine and will find a different addiction if any challenge came in its way.
Fortunately, there could be good actions to be developed to trick brain to have its share of dopamine. For example, learning new technologies and its application to create a new application that might help people and also monetize and provide financial profits.