One of the best videos I saw this past week was a talk by Simon Sinek – ‘Why Leaders Eat Last’ ( /www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRcHdeUG9Y ) He talks a lot during this talk about the chemicals (which are produced in our own brain and) which are associated with certain emotions.
He talks a little about cortisol (which is associated with anxiety and stress). But mostly he talks about 4 chemicals – Endorphine, Dopamine, Seratonin, and Oxytosin.
The first 2, he says, we can experience on our own; we don’t need anyone else. And these two are (both) addictive. The purpose of endorphine, he says, is – to mask physical pain (e.g., the ‘runner’s high’)
The purpose of dopamine, he says, is to make sure we get stuff done. We get a little shot of dopamine when(ever) we achieve a goal (or make visible progress toward a goal). By the way, we also get a shot of dopamine – when we use alcohol, or nicotine, or gambling, or use our cell phone. Dopamine, he says, is a dangerous drug … and is highly addictive.
The second 2 are ‘trying’ to control the first 2. We experience these in a social context.
Seratonin, he says, is the “Leadership” chemical. It’s associated with status and pride.
Oxytosin is associated with love, trust, friendship, human generosity, and sacrifice.
The role of a leader, he says, is – to provide safety.
Another good video I saw recently is –