DOPAMINE: HOW TO RAISE YOUR LEVELS

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“When it rises, your confidence will as well.”


The pleasure center of the brain known for releasing the chemical Dopamine is vital in what is known as reward-motivator behavior. We all get a certain feeling of euphoria when we experience something that feels good, which is pleasurable. And that great feeling is what makes us want more of whatever that feeling is in our bodies. There are a variety of experiences that will increase our Dopamine levels. Getting a raise on a job, winning at some form of competition, and especially engaging in a sexual activity. Our brains send signals from a Transporter into Synapse. From Synapse, it connects to Receptors where Dopamine activities receiving neurons. And then, passing the message on to another neuron, causing pleasure.

Once message is sent, Dopamine is sent from Receptors to be reused back to the Transporter. This is how we get our reward-motivating feeling. Now, let me break this down a little bit more. Let’s say we are in a classroom, and teacher is asking a student a series of questions. She is holding a bag of Image result for dopamine structurecandy, and once the student gets the answer correctly, she gives him a piece of candy. Think of the classroom acting as the brain. The teacher is Transporter and student as the Receptor. The question is the chemical and connects to the student; that connection is the Synapse. The student replies to the teacher’s series of questions. Each time gets the answer right, candy is given. The candy is the reward-motivator outside the body, but teacher, student, and questions are internal.

We love to receive rewards for what we do in life. It’s a main reason why we have goals and aspirations. With the hopes that there is something that is attached to the reward that gives us a good feeling. We work hard to get a raise on a job, and our pleasure increases. We see the successful birth of a Image result for rewardschild of ours, our levels really spike. But my question is now, are there ways to trick ourselves into increasing levels? And the answer is yes. That trick is called setting goals, staying positive, and achieving those goals. Keeping an open mind, working to achieve is a strong way to increase Dopamine. Is there anything that can effect that besides not remaining positive through life?

And the answer is yes. But I am not talking about internal, I am referring to external. That’s right, what you bring into the body can have an effect on the levels of Dopamine you are sending in the brain. Food that are unhealthy for the body causes you to be sluggish and fatigued. Your Image result for drugs brainmotivation is lessened and this can lower Dopamine. But a major issue of the external is drug use. Because narcotics trick the brain in sending more Dopamine than needed. Causing an overload in the brain, forcing transporters and receptors to crash. And that crash keeps us from ever experiencing pleasure once they are destroyed.

In the end, if you want to affect your Dopamine levels in a positive way, put yourself in a good mind frame. Be in a good place in life and also work to achieve your goals. Accomplishing what you set out to accomplish is vital in your growth. Make sure in the process you don’t bring foreign chemicals into the body that can knock off Dopamine levels or destroy them. Because that good place is the best place you’ll ever feel in life. We all know that height, known as living on cloud 9.


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INTERNALIZED SHAME: WHY IT HURTS TO LIVE YOU IN SOCIETY

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“We all have it, but can’t admit it.”


In our society there is so many taboos that we live with in and around us. But there is one thing we hate to admit. And that is the things we like that make us who we are, yet there is shame connected. Connected because if people found out about the real us, it would make us uncomfortable. What’s interesting is that we all have something, yet we can’t openly talk about it. People who can, we admire them facing the society we live in head-on. We say these people are the ones that are living their truth. But why is it so hard for us to live our own truths?

It goes back to the taboos in our world. But what are some of these taboos that make us have this internal shame. An obvious one is the sexual things we like in our private lives. These things such as being attracted to the same sex. Or not just attracted to the same sex, but engaging in certain activities with the opposite that still may be defined as taboo. It makes us uncomfortable to talk about it. And anyone who brings up certain conversation around our thing we like, we veer away from them. But it still doesn’t change what you are and who you are. When the lights go out and you’re behind closed doors, you do what you do. Still, sex is one, but not the only action where shame is involved.

In society, we also converse a certain way because we don’t want to be shamed. So you adjust the way you talk just to fit into the dominant society. Then, when you are away from the people who you are forced to fake around, you show the real you. And if the people you fake around ever saw you in your element, then it might make you uncomfortable. You’re only being what they want you to be to fit in with them. When in reality, you earn respect from people by being what you are, not what you portray yourself to be. Fitting into a stratus that you don’t belong in, will only last so long before it consumes you.

Well, why do we do it. If so many of us have something, why are we quick to attack others for theirs. One idea I came up with is that we like to hear other people’s dirt and make them try to feel shame because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Someone else’s misery can be of a good thing to you if you’re in a dark place as well. But that also ties into people wanting to know you have dirt so they can feel connected to you as a person. They need something about you to feed off of so they can say, “Wow, they’re just as imbalanced as I am at times.” But a big reason is the hypocrisy of we don’t think people are watching us. We live in our own dirt and get so deep into it, we lose sight of how wrong it is and start to believe in our own bull.

In the end, the feeling of shame will always be there in an accepting society. Our country is more open than previous decades, yet the shame is still present. It will never go away, just because shame so ambiguous. You can feel shame about not only sex and behavior in society, but also other habits that are deemed less offensive, bu they carry some form of negative connotation. And with that, there will always be a demographic of people set aside waiting to judge.


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THE ME INSIDE OF ME: HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR SELF AWARENESS

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“What are your mind mechanics?”


So many people in our world have such a hard time succeeding in what they aim to become in life. We all have heard the reasons as to why: I was born poor, I was born with a lack of adequate education in my environment, I am a minority, I am a woman, I have a different religious belief that is not what everyone else believes, or my sexual orientation. And you know what, we have and never will live in a utopia society. These are aspects of our daily lives that we have to overcome. But we also have another aspect of why we can’t succeed and that is a lack of self-awareness. And what do I mean by the lack of self-awareness?

I am referring to the skills and talents that we possess that sets us apart from each other. We’ve heard of the sayings, “Everyone is special in their own way.” Now that I am an adult I feel this is true more than ever. But how come so many people can’t tap into the inner skill they possess. This doesn’t matter your education, economic situation, ethnicity, religion, or gender. This is that inner thing that all people are endowed with in life. How does one get into the right mind-frame to attain hold of that gift? Because the human mind is very complex, yet the average human is not a complex person, but more of a simplistic person. It’s because with all the complexity that makes up the mind, so many people can’t harness it. Meaning, there are a series of, “Oh, that’s what that means.” These “ah ha” moments that create joins in the mind.

It sounds weird and sci-fi driven, but it is real. And the reason so many can’t connect, is because there is no self awareness. For example, people say, we need jobs. Then you ask them, “A job, doing what?” And they look at you and shrug their shoulders. A job is a broad ambiguous term, CEO is a job and flipping burgers is a job. What job title, what income, what employment package, what position after what time-frame? You need to be more direct instead of job and making good money. No one can define what good is, so asking me to provide you with a good paying job is a wrong way to go about attaining employment. Because I don’t know what is good for you, you do. So it is your job to say what you need a job doing what.

The reason this is so hard is because people don’t have a real discernible skill that makes them employable. Because you ask them, “What is your skill?” And they reply to you, “I don’t have one.” With no skill, what job can you get? You can’t get a job. Now some may be thinking, what about training programs? Well you can train people to do anything, but sustainability is on the basis of skill and talent, on top of the hard work. So, it is impossible to create a job among people with no skill or direction in what it is they want. Throwing money at something doesn’t help. You need to invest in people, but the people have to have something that is worth investing in that is sustainable with growth potential. Meaning, I am unemployed; someone says, “What do you do?” I reply, “I have my degree in Computer Science and I have intermediate experience with Java Script and CSS.” There is potential there. But someone who says, “I just need a good paying job.” There is no direction in what they want, because good paying job is not a real want.

All of what I have said comes from the ability to tap into the human mind that is you. In the end, if you are not able to harness how your mind works no one can help you in moving forward. It’s like dealing with a baby when trying to get people help. The baby cries and parents ask what’s wrong. The baby think you should know, but you are not that human. You can only guess what the baby needs. Only in society, you’re not dealing with a baby, it’s a fully grown adult. So you’re asked questions by adults who look at you and expect you to know their situation. Or they want you to feel their situation. Only problem is you have the issue, now what. You still need to tap into talent you or skill you. Without you understanding how your brain works to communicate what it is you need, no one will be able to assist you with anything in life. Because if you don’t know you, how will I assist you.

MIRRORS: WHY WE CAN’T SEE OURSELVES IN SOCIETY

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“Ever have a hard time looking at yourself?”


 The United States of America has such a deep fear of transparency in this country. We hate looking into mirrors and seeing ourselves for who we really are in society. There is this fear that when the people do see us for who we are, it will uncover something about us we don’t want out. But that person or people you’re worried about seeing the real you is the same as you. We all are hiding from ourselves hoping ourselves are not seen by ourselves. It’s a strange concept, but we live like this on a constant basis. But is it something that has happened in the recent years or is it what we have always been? Have we always been phony and never even realized it?

In my opinion, the more information we have in society the more we are forced to sit and take a look at realize ourselves for who we are in this world. And that is the hardest realization to come to. But if we are all the same in our fear of people seeing us, why are we so quick to point the finger at someone else? Could it be because the person or people we point the finger at makes us feel better about ourselves? Or is that hypocrisy is more of a subconscious action that we don’t even realize we’re taking part in until we’re called out on it? Once the person or people are called on it, they start to scramble through their minds as to what should come out of their mouths next. The easy out allows the person the ability to not have to explain themselves when the person being criticized is a public figure.

And public figure is a very interesting aspect of the judging. We love to point the finger at them. Then when they say something is indicative to the all of us, we say, well you’re supposed to be better. But what they’re really saying is that my life stinks and if you’re no better than me in a higher position than myself, it really reinforces how awful my life really is. So I have this illusion of power which forces you (the public figure) now to apologize for what you say or do. Because if you don’t say sorry, I can’t look at myself in the mirror you having all these perks on top of success, and I have nothing.

And that’s why our language and behavior takes on so much duplicity. We don’t think anyone is watching us and we are discouraged with our own lives. We like to see a train wreck so we not only can witness the greatest show on Earth. But also so we can fall asleep and smile knowing that people above us have lives just as bad as ours. When in reality it’s the total opposite. So in the end, I don’t think you will ever get the people to see themselves for who they genuinely are in life. That is why we always have a public figure who we shift blame to. It’s one of the reasons so many people take issue with Donald Trump. To me, every time he speaks, it is like putting a mirror up. Because the discomfort we all feel about a particular group of people, he openly expresses it.