Dopamine Seeking Behavior (DSB)The Theorem: Major Discovery in Dopamine Seeking Behavior!
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Night. A mildly intoxicated girl walks up to a group of males drinking alcohol. Suddenly the girl, who tells the group she quit smoking, asks for a cigarette.
You have seen it again and again. Now, here is a male at this same party. He is in the corner lighting the wrong end of his cigarette, because while intoxicated he must have that nicotine. But something else is going on, something very important that will go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
Indeed something is going on alright. It all starts with Natures need to have the infant reach for its mother’s breast to gain nourishment; when it has no interest in food at all. After all it has been force-fed for nine months.
As you would imagine the stakes are high, as the survival of her most valued species is at stake. Nature takes no chances; through an intrauterine conditioning model she makes sure the fetal fingers find their way into its underdeveloped mouth, obtaining dopamine from the pressure of this sucking. Thus providing relief during the horrific First Fear Cycle of neurodevelopment, where the fetus experiences the absolute pain of an enabled limited consciousness during its own development; pain levels that are so excruciatingly severe the fetus routinely passes out from them. The dopamine and other pain killing neurochemicals provide relief and the fetus is essentially trained that to gain dopamine it must suck. Later this will translate into a connection of sucking and pain relief with its mother’s breast and food. That’s right the infant has no interest in the mother’s milk, or nourishment. All it wants is the dopamine from the sucking pressure of its mouth on her nipple. What you are beginning to realize is the very origin of what we have termed ‘instincts’, which is only a blanket term for development that we never understood. We do now and when you read The Theorem, you will too.
If it sounds simple, it is. However the problem is that the association is built. This is D.S.B., Dopamine Seeking Behavior at its most crucial level. As an infant, with the roof of its mouth not fully developed, it will still continue to suck to relieve pain. This is especially true when distressed. First it will be the mother’s nipple, then a bottle, a pacifier, and that is just the beginning. Later if conditions are not optimal, it may be cigarettes or an excess of food (remember the connection of dopamine to food; milk and nourishment was the first graduation outside the womb), drugs or even a bottle of alcohol.
Returning to the party, we realize another remnant of the fetal model. When dopamine levels are high; after alcohol, sex, when driving or even after a meal, we have a tendency to ‘instinctively’ pinpoint like a surgeon, the target of that dopamine for maximum effect. That is, if he can get his cigarette lit.
As you can imagine the lingering remnants of this neurobehavioral model, when reinforced at the neuronal level after birth, can have profound negative effects. It retains dominant responsibility for all oral based addictions, dependencies and vulnerabilities. All of this an attempt to self-medicate in order to regain an elusive balance that was never fully achieved.
One of the largest mysteries of your life will be uncovered here. Of course there are more neurochemicals and opioids involved in this process besides dopamine, but this simplification is utilized to explain a very complex and amazing process. While dopamine seeking behavior is not a specific chapter in The Theorem, its presence is widespread throughout many sections of the book and is one of the many anchors of the behavioral theory. Understanding this relationship; the subfloor of addiction, and its earliest origins, is critical for anyone treating chemical dependencies!