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Why are we obsessed with the things we want and bored when we get them?

Why is addiction “perfectly logical” to an addict?

Why does love change so quickly from passion to disinterest?

Why are some people diehard liberals and others hardcore conservatives?

Why are we always hopeful for solutions even in the darkest times - and so good at figuring them out? 

The answer is found in a single chemical in your brain: dopamine. Dopamine ensured the survival of early man. Thousands of years later, it is the source of our most basic behaviors and cultural ideas - and progress itself. 

Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more - more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it’s why we gamble and squander. 

From dopamine’s point of view, it’s not the having that matters. It’s getting something - anything - that’s new. From this understanding - the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it - we can understand in a revolutionary new way why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion - and we can even predict those behaviors in ourselves and others. 

In 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, George Washington University professor and psychiatrist Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Georgetown University lecturer Michael E. Long present a potentially life-changing proposal: Much of human life has an unconsidered component that explains an array of behaviors previously thought to be unrelated, including why winners cheat, why geniuses often suffer with mental illness, why nearly all diets fail, and why the brains of liberals and conservatives really are different.

©2018 Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Michael E. Long. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Publishing by arrangement with BenBella Books.

Critic Reviews

"One might consider it Freakonomics for the mind."— Greg Roth, "The Idea Enthusiast" 

"Daniel Lieberman and Michael Long have pulled off an amazing feat. They have made a biography of a neurotransmitter a riveting read. Once you understand the power and peril of dopamine, you’ll better understand the human condition itself.” —Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and When 

"Meet a molecule whose fingerprint rests upon every aspect of human nature—from desire and drugs to politics and progress. Lieberman and Long tell the epic saga of dopamine as a page-turner that you simply can't put down."—David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist at Stanford and New York Times bestselling author 

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Wow. Just wow.

Wow. What an amazingly eye opening read. From dopamine to HNN, and everything that goes on in our brain - haven't listened to a more thorough and practical one!

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An eye opener

A powerful read for those seeking a balance between Greed and Goodness, Power and Peace, Love and Lust.

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Good book. Could have been more precise

After a certain point it feels like every 5th word in the book is dopamine. The book could have been 15% shorter if this word was used a little more judiciously

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Informative

really good book to listen, so much detail information about life and environment, human biology and nature

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One of the most important books of our times.

Understanding and working with Dopamine, is hands down one of the most important things we can do th shape our lives. This book tells you what we are dealing with.

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  • Josh
  • 21-10-20

Did you know conservatives have more orgasms?

Did you know conservatives have more orgasms? That’s what this book would like you to know. The majority of the information was very informative, and thought provoking, but when he brought up politics credibility went out the window. Democrats secretly hate poor people, cheat on their significant others, and can’t climax as reliably as conservative. At least that’s what this book claims as scientific fact.

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  • Nick Morrison
  • 05-01-19

Wow great book!

I absolutely loved this book. It was so insightful. The Narrator was clear and pleasant. I heard about this book from Brett McKay's The Art of Manliness. The authors came on his podcast and after the interview, I purchased the audio book. I found that I would take another few rounds in the neighborhood before going to the house after work, just so I could hear more of it, which is far from normal for me. I plan to listen to it a few more times because I think the material is useful in understanding important things. There was a part where they explain how dopamine may be genetic and how that may connect to people who explore and people who stay home. Again, very interesting book.

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  • Grateful Girl
  • 01-10-19

Interesting but not what I had in mind

This book was interesting and well-read. However, I had hoped for a bit more guidance about how to deal with the dopamine abnormalities involved in addiction. It was somewhat repetitive, but still of interest.

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  • Derrick
  • 11-10-20

Amazing book

Content of this book is fascinating, well researched and delivered in way that is understandable. And actionable. Narrator is also fantastic.

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  • Henry Carr
  • 10-01-19

Wow! Incredibly relevant, incredibly insightful.

It is a rare read that pulls together most of the aspects of life into a single theory, and even rarer that a read that does so as successfully as The Molecule of More. Of all the books I've read about psychology, habit change, neuroscience, politics, and even business and business leadership, all seem to be at least partially explained by this book. By contributing an underlying theory to much of what we see around us, this book also helps to distinguish between garbage advice and good advice, helps to clarify why some solutions work for one person but not another, and helps us better understand those who's lives and decisions seem so different from ours. As a person with ADHD (medicated from a young age) and a history of floundering in personal relationships, I found this book especially illuminating. It will undoubtedly change my life.

I will note that overall the writing is not impressive, but this does little to diminish the value of the book. I will re-listen to this again with a notebook and pen in hand. I strongly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-20

Excellent discussion

Excellent discussion on the role of Dopamine in our daily existence...but too much or too little stimulation may be problematic. Balance may be achieved by recognizing your accomplishments and stepping back and appreciating them with company.

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  • Richard Daley
  • 07-08-19

Great exploration of dopamine.

This was a very interesting read. I like it very much. It was a great look into dopamine and what it does to humans in general. Strongly recommended.

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  • qhcouple
  • 03-08-20

Great, in depth journey

Took the superficial understanding I had from headlines and opened my eyes to the “why” things are the way they are.

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  • John C
  • 11-12-19

Over all liked the book

My only issue with the book is that the sound quality at any higher speed that 1x is terrible and has an echo or more of a fuzzy sound to it which is not ideal for me as regular speed it's just too slow for pretty much any book.

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  • wbiro
  • 18-12-18

Interesting Perspective -

On our bio-mechanisms, but (of necessity limiting itself to molecules - hormones and genetic predeterminism) limits its view to what drives lower animals (those under experiment) and unenlightened humans (all of them currently). It does not cover enlightened humans.

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  • Iulia
  • 10-07-20

Great life and mind information

A step forward to better realize what I want. Things that I most dream of are in my mind everlasting of that dopamine hit sensation, which is an illusion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-20

This book will change your life

This book will seriously change your life if you have an addiction of any kind (which most of us do and don’t even know that a mental health condition comes along with it) it opens your eyes to the world and what’s really going on. Everyone should know how our brains really work so we can be in control of our mental health crisis.

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  • RAUL
  • 22-06-19

A tangible piece of a complex puzzle

This book provides a clearly tangible piece of a complex puzzle, the dopamin molecule and how it can explain many things at personal, cultural and even political scales. These higher level interpretations are of course tricky to verify, but taken as ideas, the book may even be considered as a necessary item in a contemporary anthology of scientific explanations. Also; excellent authors and an excellent narrator!

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  • Ismael Gutierrez
  • 31-12-18

Very insightful

For a long time I've investigated why my dad was an addict.Why did he choose as he did instead of fighting for recovery. This book sums it up really well. Furthermore, addiction is just one of many chapters in the book. The book provides with a wide range of research-backed analysis of many topics. I fully recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-21

interesting and written well

great listen will go back to it and dig out some of the studies....quite interesting if human behavior is something you like

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  • Oleks GALKA
  • 03-04-21

Dopamine of more

I bought the book and audible after watching valuenterainment on YouTube. I found it very interesting and bought the book. I'm glad I did I learnt so much on dopamine and the effect it causing us.

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  • Lewis
  • 25-03-21

Superb book which will explain (psychologically and neuroscientifically) why you always crave more!

A brilliant book, with some superb psychological examples and the neuroscience is mind blowing. Everything has been applicable in some way and it has given me a fresh perspective about how to make decisions and understand my craving for more more more. The book covers addiction, love, sex, politics (which was my least favourite chapter although I don’t really like politics), creativity and much more.

I recommend for psych students, science students and anyone interested in human behaviour.

Narration was clear and good quality.

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  • Rad
  • 12-01-21

The Molecule of More

This book is an interesting journey to the world of Dopamine which drives our lives on a personal, cultural and any other areas of our being you can imagine.
It is an extensive topic.
You can discover how we are shaping our actions based on dopamine including how we think and why?

Have a good reading...

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  • Samantha S
  • 26-11-20

Very Disappointing

Sample promised so much but the book delivered so little. I found the narrator difficult to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-20

Too much theory

WAAAAY TOO MUCH THEORY .

I have learned something but did not enjoy .

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  • Craig
  • 21-01-19

eye opening

information from the book seems mostly legitimate but some of the facts may be construed and seen in another way however the book was eye-opening and very interesting to say the least

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-10-20

Really Good

Great listen, really good insight on the power of dopamine, why people may react the way they do. do reccommend.

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  • Sravanthi
  • 06-02-21

Riveting

If you've ever wondered why nothing seems to be ever enough and you'have been looking for a cerebral explanation alongside a spiritual one, this is the book for you.

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  • Holly Sacred Dance
  • 17-10-20

Absolutely excellent!

a mindblowing read spelling out the underlying chemicals driving so much of our behaviour, relationships and society.

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  • JL
  • 17-09-20

Awesome but...

This is a pretty great book. Incredibly interesting and very illuminating. It offered significant understanding of my own behaviour and that of others. One thing I would value would be more insight into practical ways that we can successfully influence the dopamine and HN circuits.
This book was definitely worth the time.