The Molecule of More

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This book has to be the authority on dopamine and how it influences human behavior for the mainstream public. Learning about the difference between dopamine and the here and now (H&N) molecules was eye opening. The difference being one (dopamine) is all about the future and is never satisfied, hence the name of the book, and the others (H&N) are all about being present and fulfilled in the moment. We need both to survive and thrive. The authors do a great job of giving practical stories on how these molecules influence us day to day and over the long haul. The authors give credit to a textbook called the Dopaminergic Mind at the beginning of their book which I have ordered. I also listened to their interview on the Art of Manliness podcast which I would recommend giving a listen as a great primer before reading their book.
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This is a very interesting book about dopamine and all the different ways it affects our brain and so our behavior also. Many of the things written here are already well known, and not only to me, but there where some interesting connections made by the author  between dopamine and personality, and then creativity and genius that were particularly illuminating. The best thing is that the book is easily written and gives a lot of examples.

Questo é un libro molto interessante che parla di dopamina e di tutti i molteplici modi in cui influisce sul nostro cervello e quindi sul nostro comportamento. Molte delle cose qui scritte sono note da tempo e non solo a me, ma ci sono alcune interessanti connessioni fatte dagli autori tra la dopamina e la personalitá, la creativitá e il genio che ho trovato particolarmente illuminanti. La caratteristica migliore del libro comunque, risiede nel fatto che é scritto in modo chiaro e semplice e fornisce un sacco di esempi.

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*The Molecule of More : How a Single Chemical in your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity-and will Determine the Fate of the Human Race* by Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD and Michael E. Long explains how dopamine impacts our lives from wanting a new car to impacting creativity. 

I enjoyed this book. It spoke in easy to follow language that wasn't too scientific. My favorite chapter was the last as we are shown how to effectively use dopamine and not let us always be searching for a dopamine high, but instead be able to use it to our advantage. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the impact dopamine has on our every day lives. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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Great interesting and scientific read! This book goes into great detail about dopamine and how it affects our bodies from various parts of our lives. It is a great read for those who have studied this build, yet is also laid out simply enough that those not familiar with brain study would likely be easily engaged as well.
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A fascinating book , written in a clear, concise style designed to appeal to all readers regardless of their background or pre-existing knowledge of the topic.
Dopamine is a truly fascinating  chemical , produced by our own bodies,  it is involved in many things ranging from sexual attraction to drug addiction, as well as creativity and mental illness. As the author says " Our dopamine circuits are what make us human. They are what give our species its special power. We think. We plan. We imagine. We elevate our thoughts to ponder abstract concepts such as truth, justice and beauty. Within those circuits we transcend all barriers of space and time. We thrive in the most hostile environments thanks to our ability to dominate the world around us. But these same circuits can also lead us down a darker path, a path of addiction, betrayal and misery. "
I found the way the authors broke down the subject into a series of topics worked well, each chapter flowed smoothly into the next, building on the ground covered in the one before,  to create an educational and informative text that inspires the reader to look at the world around them through new eyes as they come to understand the impact of this tiny chemical compound on so many aspects of their daily lives.  The focus throughout the book ranges from the personal such as love and addiction, to the more far reaching  when they examine how dopamine influences things like political affiliation . 
A fascinating and engaging read that had me hooked from the very first page.
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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Interesting, accessible study of the link between dopamine and behavior. 
Favorite chapters were on Creativity and Politics. 
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Once I started reading The Molecule of More I couldn’t put it down. I was engrossed.  The book is both engaging and informative.  The Molecule of More dives into dopamine’s role in human behavior in a comprehensive and captivating manner. Dopamine is a chemical that is never really satisfied. It eagerly waits in anticipation of more. It has little regard for morality, emotions, rationality or how much one already has, subsequently propelling us to chase more…. sometimes for good and sometimes for not so good. If you want to understand how this neurochemical influences our everyday basic behavior or are curious about dopaminergic personality, start with this book. It’s well-written and compelling.
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