Dopamine Fasting Challenge

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Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by fiby41 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:32 pm

No phone
No internet
No food
No friends

Will it result in partial illumination or will I become a shell of myself...For the next 24 hours, let's see.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by Jason » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:50 pm

Such extreme deprivation is usually reserved for a Hollywood star pleading guilty to bribing a college admissions officer on behalf of their semi-literate child. Godspeed, Fiby41. Godspeed.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by Gilberto de Piento » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:28 pm

This is an interesting idea. Can you explain the no food part though? (In 24 hours when you are back)

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by fiby41 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:08 am

There are four ways of ingestion- eating, licking, sucking and drinking. So fluids are allowed.

Needless to say I failed the challenge. Will try again soon.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by Frita » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:31 am

Why?

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by bigato » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:10 am

There are quite a few articles if you google "dopamine fasting", but the gist of it is that by fasting you would increase both your sensitivity to dopamine and consequently your willpower since you don't need so much of it. The experience is similar to how after doing a food fasting, you start feeling more subtle flavours and can't quite take sugary nor salty foods, thus making it easier to eat healthier. You don't want junk food anymore. The same for information/knowledge/emotions/experiences etc.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by fiby41 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:19 am

I ate raisin chocolate.

I tried following the is it important? Is it urgent? filters posted in the site linked by horse woman to dissuade myself from doing things that required phone or internet. Scheduling things that were deemed important.

Existential questions popped in the mind before sleeping but the sleep itself was uninterrupted.
Some withdrawal symptoms were produced including anxiousness, an almost habitual itch to reach for the phone and difficulty in trying to repress it.


I don't have many friends but as it was weekend more of them were available.
I'm starting to believe that we have a limited amount of will that can be exerted at any given moment. I've gone without few of them before but abstaining from all of them at the same time was the challenging part.
I was miserable but it was a good day.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by Jason » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:50 pm

I don't see "no masturbation" on the list so quite frankly, I have an issue with the overall objectivity of the study. Unless we are to consider your hands as friends. In any event, I think Felicity Huffman lasted longer. Maybe eat the raisin chocolate and then start.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by intellectualpersuit » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:43 pm

I can also think of more ways of ingestion.

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by EdithKeeler » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:38 pm

Wasn’t it Lucretius who suggested he could get his nutrition from enemas rather than eating? I distinctly remember that (somebody writing it, anyway) from my Great Books course.

Who says the liberal arts are worthless, when you can learn stuff like that! 😁

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Re: Dopamine Fasting Challenge

Post by fiby41 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:13 am

@jason wouldn't that be a testosterone spike followed by either oxytocin (for pair bonding) or adrenaline ( ejacuate & evacuate) ?

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