Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s a key factor in motivation, productivity, and focus.

If you want to be productive and get things done, here’s a few ways to boost your dopamine levels.

1. Discover New Things. …

2. List Down Your Small Tasks. …

3. Listen To Music. …

4. Increase Your Tyrosine. …

5. Reduce Your Lipopolysaccharides. …

6. Exercise Often. …

7. Establish A Streak. …

8. Take Dopamine Enhancing Supplements

9. Make Stuff

10. Meditate

More details about the “10 Ways to Increase Dopamine to Boost Your Productivity”

There is a cautionary note for Introverts.

According to Tyler Tervooren, we know that introvert + high stimulation = big dopamine release. And a big dopamine release is no bueno for introverts.

So, what works better for them? Acetylcholine. 

Unlike dopamine—which causes excitement from external rewards—acetylcholine gives you a pleasurable feeling when you turn inward, and it’s happy juice for introverts. This is why introverts enjoy daydreaming; the happiness they get from pondering ideas is similar to the happiness extroverts get from a crowded room of people.

These chemical responses explain a lot of why different personality types prefer different activities.

An extrovert’s brain becomes more active in response to dopamine, so they get a thrill out of highly stimulating social situations like networking events and parties. The reward that triggers dopamine is meeting new people. The more extroverts socialize, the greater the pleasurable response in their brains. It drives them to be more outgoing.

But an introvert’s pleasure response is triggered by acetylcholine when they focus their thoughts inward.

One way introverts can trigger the acetylcholine in their brains at social gatherings is by engaging in meaningful conversations with just one or two people. Deeper, intimate discussions prompt people to focus on their thoughts and come up with insightful responses.

Acetylcholine is also responsible for activating the parasympathetic nervous system which triggers the body to stay calm and conserve energy in stressful situations.

Source: riskology.co

Serotonin is involved in the regulation of moodappetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning. Which can also effect performance.

8 Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms That You Can Identify Yourself

Know and Honor Your Temperament Type

Introvert

Introverts process information differently than Extroverts

Source: The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World by Mari Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

Extrovert

Extroverts use a different brain pathway.

Source: The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World by Mari Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

The Extrovert Bias

November 29, 2016

When you have once taken up a responsibility, you must see it through.

-Rabindranath Tagore

“For the kids who prefer to go off by themselves or just to work alone, those kids are seen as outliers often or, worse, as problem cases. And the vast majority of teachers report believing that the ideal student is an extrovert as opposed to an introvert, even though introverts actually get better grades and are more knowledgeable, according to research,” says Susan Cain in her TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts.”

“…When it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best. A third to a half of the population are introverts. A third to a half. So that’s one out of every two or three people you know. So even if you’re an extrovert yourself, I’m talking about your coworkers and your spouses and your children and the person sitting next to you right now—all of them subject to this bias that is pretty deep and real in our society. We all internalize it from a very early age without even having a language for what we’re doing.”

“Now, to see the bias clearly, you need to understand what introversion is. It’s different from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social judgment. Introversion is more about, how do you respond to stimulation, including social stimulation… So the key then to maximizing our talents is for us all to put ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us.


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