Ever wondered what goes on in your brain? Here we spend just a little time gasping in awe at the wonder of the universe contained inside your skull; some of what your brain can do, the numbers associated with the brain, the amazing things we don't understand.
OK. So how do you actually do it? maximize pleasure and prevent addiction? Here’s some techniques to understand, practice and do to connect pleasure and purpose to have more pleasure all your life, survive well, and be a decent horse-rider. After considering Golden Greeks, Great Gratitude and a Pleasure Plan, being Boss of your Brain may be as easy as ABCD.
Here we’ll connect your brain’s pleasure with your mind’s purpose by looking at how we experience pleasure in the brain. We’ll look at the brain chemical dopamine and the fun-loving limbic system. Why does nature give us pleasure at all? Food, drink, sex, shopping, it all feels good. Dr Heim takes us for a ride in the desert.
We look at some ins & outs of addictions and we also look at pleasure. Why do people who go for pleasure often find pain? We connect pleasure with your future self for more pleasure all life long and delay some gratification along the way. Dr Heim considers the question of an “addictive personality” and the risk factors for addiction before eating a marshmallow.
What does it mean to change your personality? Just like your body, there’s much you can’t change but you can keep it trim and healthy. Dr Heim considers ways we try to change the body and apply them to the personality. Can you change your personality with drugs? With therapy? With meditation and contemplation? With diet and exercise?
From Hippocrates through Jung & beyond we’ve come up with many personality classification systems: Four Fluids, Big Five Factors, 16 Types, but none can contain your unique personality, dynamic and changeable (if you choose). We look at immaturity and personality disorders in cheeky , wise and aggressive Australian birds. (What?)
Looking at meanings and derivations, Dr Heim shows “personality” is more musical than we may realize. We’re each born with music in us: temperament, and we learn to develop character. The personality is like a body, an enduring pattern, a structure, a vehicle to use while you drive through life, relating to others along the way.
The big challenges: winning and losing, failure and judgment, snakes and ladders. To decrease anxiety, Dr Heim encourages you to Be and Express yourself, Appreciate people, and Try. Try and learn: failure is only a slippery snake on the ladder of success. Trying, as Aladdin found, takes courage heartily linked to love.
A short stroll through a medieval town and a modern city, then throw a Yerkes-Dodson Curve ball to understand how contemporary life increases anxiety (and excitement). Dr Heim uses music to explain how “rhythms” of life can help you BEAT anxiety with Breathing, Exercising, Awareness and Taking Time to play in nature.
Here Dr Heim touches on Disney’s Aladdin, gets lost in planes, and gets into some monkey business to help you train your anxiety to be useful and even exciting. Also, what anxiety is, what fear is, what goes on in a brain with anxiety, and some diagnosis, treatment and prevention issues.
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