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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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Interesting Read, Poor Science

The main hypothesis of how individual's brain chemistry affects sociology is a sound one and an interesting one. Most of the book is sensational broad generalizations and correlations trying to be passed off as specific causations. The core idea here is useful, there's just a lot of filler. It's ironic that the metaphor of "...if the only tool one has is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." is quoted in this book, when it seems obvious that most of this book is doing exactly that: struggling to force as many sociological phenomena into the box of the thesis as possible.

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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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Opinion heavy

This book combined some research and facts with heavy doses of opinions and assumptions. I was interested in something more scientific. The narrator did a great job, however.

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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-20

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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  • Radu
  • 07-10-21

Waste of time!

It started promising but ended in a big disappointment. A lot of talk, sometimes blabbering. I learned more in Habits of a happy brain by Loretta Graziano, even if she talks less about dopamine.

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  • Sigrin
  • 01-09-22

Did not stimulate my dopamine receptors


Lots of facts, theories, examples, poetry……etc

However it was disjointed and just became background noise in my ears.

This could have been great but needs some editing and maybe a different narrator.

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  • Iulia
  • 07-10-20

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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  • RAUL
  • 06-22-19

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
  • 12-31-18

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
  • 11-22-21

Amazing!

Loved it! Very good narrator and this book will change the way how you make decisions or at worst, make you to understand why are you doing them. Definitely recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-22

Incredible overview of all that dopamine does

I had no idea dopamine affects so many aspects of our lives and can explain so many behaviours. It's a fascinating read/listen backed by science and well worth your time!

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  • Richard
  • 04-13-22

Mind expanding

This book achieves the rare combination of turning a complex but deeply interesting subject into an accessible page-turner, without dumbing down or preaching to the listener. It doesn’t expect you to follow the references, but it doesn’t treat you as an uncritical sheep either - rare in Audible audiobooks of this type.

And on the way it opens a new perspective into how personality and biochemistry intertwine - far more interesting than it sounds!

Read it, and you won’t be disappointed- in my opinion 😉

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  • Edvaldo Fernandes
  • 04-05-22

Superb

It’s incredible how can reading this book might be dopaminergic and at the same time the authors bring you to reality and reminds to enjoy life

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  • Craig
  • 01-21-19

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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  • JoshK
  • 09-28-21

Too simplistic

This book is written for a non-technical audience and is easy to consume in audiobook format. But it's a case of when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When examining everything in terms of dopamine, the authors, unsurprisingly come to see everything as a result of dopamine. In doing so they miss a lot of nuance. And as a result, the accounts of the various evidence they review is lacking, and their account of dopamine is long-winded relative to the few key insights offered.

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  • Sravanthi
  • 02-06-21

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-27-20

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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  • James
  • 03-22-22

Important Book

Very interesting stuff in here that is more than just description and explanation. Has some compelling insight into how to harness and to balance out dopamine for a more harmonious existence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-22

My review

What an excellent audiobook! It is so informative, had had structure and flow. Very interesting content that can be applied to many areas of life!
Thank you!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-20-22

very interesting

very good, i hope this book is expanded in the future, facinating concepts and ideas

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  • Ryan
  • 01-08-22

Answered so many questions

For someone who struggled with anxiety, depression and a lifetime of poor decisions and bad choices, this book answered so many questions that many psychologists could not, and hopefully set me on a path to self recovery.

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  • Emma
  • 12-06-21

very interesting

great book, very interesting content. easy to understand for those who haven't done any medicine or biology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

Nrilliant listening

I'm so impressed with this audiobook, truly fascinating stuff. Definitely give it a go if you're curious about dopamine.