In scientific terms, your adult life is passing you by because it's a joyless soul suck.

And it's dopamine's fault (OF COURSE).

I already did a thread on the WHY & HOW of low DA sensory time loss👇🏾, and now here's the promised list of methods to help slow your sense of time⏳
1. Routinize your life. This seems counterintuitive, but routine shouldn't = banal. Many of us lose huge amounts of time to bad habits, job burnout, and procrastination. Autopilot lives here.

Routine helps us find balance and manage time so we can make space in our lives for...
2. Novelty! Schedule newness in your life. This is hard when surviving in a capitalist hellscape, but start small! Set aside 30 mins a day for something new. A walk at a park you've never been. A new recipe. A random subreddit. It'll spike your dopamine.

Slowly make more time in your life for novelty. Read a book in a genre you don't usually go for. Try a restaurant outside your food comfort zone. Build a new skill. Play a new game. Visit a place you've never been, even locally. Talk to a new person. Try to make a new friend??
3. Practice reward linking. Certain things are always fun. Video games, music, cookies, orgasms, high reward activities that the brain will pay attention to.

Link these high reward activities to activities that are necessary but possibly banal.
Only listen to music if you're cleaning or exercising.

Only eat your favorite snack during work hours or AFTER you've finished your hardest task of the day.

Pause videogames every 30 minutes to fold laundry or meal prep. Interspersed banality.

All of this helps build...
4. Anticipation! Anticipation is truly the master of time deceleration. Plan something fun and then let yourself look forward to it! Simple!

You may scoff at people who schedule sex, but if it's rewarding and not a chore, it's a great way to put a slow burn on the week.
5. Emotion creation. We have far more control over our emotions that we realize because, while the brain enjoys context, it doesn't NEED it.

Meaning, if you tell your brain that something is happening when it's not, sometimes that brilliant idiot believes you.
You can produce feelings of anticipation and excitement for things that you don't really anticipate because they aren't excited by basically lying to yourself.

Tell yourself that an unfun task is actually a blast, that you can't wait to start, and it's going to be great.
Be purposeful in your self-talk. Really try to feel excitement. Hype it up mentally and out loud. It may feel silly at first, but your brain will eventually go with it.

Do it enough times, and you'll trick yourself into a real dopamine hit that will trigger on its own.
Seriously, lie. I do this for writing. Manuscripts, twitter threads, all writing sucks ass, but I have to do it.

So, I'll look in the mirror and say in a cheerful voice, "You're going to write so much today, isn't that amazing?! How exciting!"

And my brain will be like
I always recommend mindfulness meditation for everything, but a mindfulness practice can also make it easier to trick your brain into switching a task from banal to rewarding on its set list.
6. And lastly, vegetables and physical activity. The most boring way to naturally increase dopamine in the body, but it's very helpful.

People who get enough folate and exercise regularly have boosted mood, higher dopamine levels, and subsequently, better episodic memory.

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8 Jun
The Sensation Seeking Scale helps test recklessness in individuals. There are high and low sensation seekers (HSS & LSS). It was believed that recklessness was an immutable personality trait until one group in particular consistently tested as HSS.

Rich western white boys.
Because recklessness is so dependent on amygdala size and connectivity to the prefrontal cortex, researchers initially assumed sex and testosterone levels were predicting factors for HSS. Which, yes.

But other types of dude DO NOT SCALE HSS the way rich western white dudes do.
It became obvious that upbringing and socioeconomic factors play heavily in the amygdala game.

Women often test as LSS bc they're raised to chill the fuck out in ways that men were not.

Black and Indigenous ppl test as LSS bc society severely punishes those that are HSS.
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8 Jun
The biggest reason why childhood feels like it lasts forever while adulthood flies by is because society has created an adulthood that's, frankly, a slog with too little to look forward to.

This matters because dopamine, which is anti-slog, controls our sense of time.

A thread.
"Time flies when having fun", yep, bc of dopamine. It's neural trickery, speeding your sense of time so you'll spend more of it in high-reward environments doing high reward activities.

But time also flies when you stagnate! This is due to a different dopaminergic mechanism->

Catecholamine neurotransmitters are integral to functioning memory. Functioning memory is integral to a function sense of time and reality.

Dopamine is the main catecholamine that determines if you get to enjoy a firm sense of reality.
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8 Apr
Negative self talk is a common (sometimes even encouraged) form of mental self-abuse and one of the worst things you can do to the literal structure of your brain. I’ll explain in the thread how mean self talk impacts neuropsychological health, but tldr, don’t do it to yourself.
First, there are 2 things you should know.

1. Human brains are negativity biased. They spend more time looking at, processing, and returning to negative stimuli. Not to be monsters (tho brains are absolutely monsters), but as a protective measure.

The brain evolved in a world where paying close attn to possibly harmful or socially damaging things could save your life. And it's all in on survival, so it prioritized a strong awareness of that shit.

Thousands of years later, we’re predisposed to fixate on things that suck.
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22 Dec 20
A lot of people see this lady’s story and think “mental illness”. But her brain is likely standard issue and pulling some very typical neurochemical fuckshit. Because the human brain is a monster, and the process of romantic attraction is terrifying. I’ll explain:
In very basic terms, the brain evolved to get high on survival. It doses itself with bursts of feel good when encountering things that assist in staying alive. Food, new information, other people, all of these feed into various brain highs.
The problem is that the brain’s reward system can really press the point, and what are meant to be reinforcements to feed your body, or learn something important, or reproduce, become addictions to sugar and twitter, and, of course, being attracted to a psychopath.
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21 Dec 20
Snitching is a behavior based in conflict aversion. It allows people to displace responsibility. Most of the risk involved in addressing a problem, or managing conflict, shifts to someone else, generally an authority, because the brain HATES being responsible for hard shit. 🧵
We're most conflict avoidant w/ our in-groups. Your brain wants you to stay in the good graces of your friends and family, so being direct with people you care about when they do something wrong feels hard specifically because your brain is processing a risk to the relationship.
Brains LOVE letting other brains be responsible for hard stuff. It's comforting when there's someone else around to handle it. This is why little kids tend to tattle a lot. It's their way of recruiting adults to fix problems they've perceived as outside of their control.
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