Research finds microscopic mechanisms of frustration and abandonment

Research finds microscopic mechanisms of frustration and abandonment:
Self-protection or self-transcendence?

New research found that giving up or admitting is the result of a special mechanism in the brain that balances and maintains the brain’s own chemical composition. Normal mental state. Understanding the mechanisms by which the brain works helps to break through its own limitations and achieve greater control over emotions and behaviors.

Previous studies have found that people in the “pursuit of” some kind of payback time, whether tangible money, food, physical satisfaction or abstract love or power, both in the brain to produce something called dopamine (dopamine) The ingredients make people feel happy.

This is also the driving force that drives most people to live every day, and feels happy in the pursuit of various goals. However, many goals are difficult to achieve, and this will cause pain.

Research recently published in the journal frontier “cell” (Cell) found that making brain give up the decision or admit defeat, is another chemical pain-sensitive pigment results (nociceptin) secretion. Pain is a chemical component that inhibits dopamine .

The study took mice to experiment and discover and hide the candy in the corner. The difficulty of starting is very low, and the mice have tried and succeeded in picking up the candy. As the experimenter increased the difficulty of obtaining the candy pieces, eventually all the mice gave up the behavior of digging the candy pieces.

At this time, the experimenter observed that the pain-sensitive neurons in the mouse brain were most active.

According to the researchers, this shows that the secretion of pain-sensitive hormones is the mechanism by which the body seeks self-balancing and protection. For example, in a wild environment, endless dangerous activities can cause physical injury or death. When the brain assesses the risk and difficulty to a certain extent, this mechanism will secrete components that inhibit dopamine and prevent the body from continuing on the road of “seeking rewards”.

Researchers believe that this finding is important for helping mental illnesses such as depression and addiction.

For contemporary medicine, understanding the functioning of the body helps to use the medicine to help the brain achieve the balance of these chemicals; however, if you can start from your own and use your self-awareness to achieve balance, you may achieve “self-transcendence”. 

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