Dopamine makes you who you are


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Frida Jansson

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Neojungian Typology found that dopamine d2 receptors – warning signal receptors – signal to your brain when you should approach or when you should withdraw. When introverts mess up, they’re told by the brain to withdraw and to think before they proceed.

When extroverts make mistakes, their brain advises them to approach, to talk to others, to study others, and to learn from your environment. Your instincts tell you whether if you should respond in a subjective, internal way, or if you should respond in an objective, extroverted way. But the choice of which approach you want to take is always yours.

So, what does the neurotransmitter do?

Your dopamine receptors are categorized into d1 and d2. Dopamine d2 sends feedback about the dopamine signals back to the nerve cell. It is also the main receptor for antipsychotic drugs. If you have higher levels of dopamine d2, your behavior will be more risk-taking and reward-seeking.

Dopamine doesn’t make a thrilling experience more thrilling. It does however affect the individual’s behavior so that she will be more likely to seek out these kind of experiences. Dopamine d2 is thought to be linked to novelty-seeking behavior, and possibly harm-avoidance. As well as the negative and long-term kind of stress.

Dopamine is essential for the feeling of realness in your emotions. It also makes the affected individual perceive experiences as anything between attractive and repulsive. This makes sense while keeping in mind that dopamine plays a major part in new love and infatuation. But later, oxytocin takes over. Oxytocin makes the love feel deep and suitable for being long-lasting. Speaking of romance, studies show that added dopamine actually makes the affected being less picky with romantic interests.

Are you extra nerdy? Read this long article about dopamine d2 receptors on Neojungiantypology.com!

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