Neurotransmitters and Hormones of Flow (The Science of Flow Part 3/7)


(music – Keymonkey) – And we are back! Now we’re talking about
the neurotransmitters and hormones that are actually released during the flow state. And again, this is linked into
what we spoke about before, about the brain frequencies,
the lobes of the brain, the limbic system, pre-frontal cortex, the transient hyperfrontality, when you’re in that state
you get that release of neurotransmitters and hormones, and when you’ve been in the flow state, and you all have been, whether
you like to admit it or not, no matter what level of intensity it is, you will have expressed these neurotransmitters and hormones. Okay, so these
neurotransmitters and hormones are chemical messages that
are released in the brain and released throughout the whole body. Okay? So, first of all, you have norepinephrine. Norepinephrine speeds up the
heart, improves muscle tension, it triggers the release of glucose, which gives you that energy. You get the neuro-efficiencies
which means you’re efficient. And also you have, induces the arousal and
gives you that sense of an emotional control. Then you have the dopamine,
which I’m probably sure you’re all familiar with. Dopamine gives you that feeling
of engagement on the task, it gives you the excitement,
adventurous of sensation, it gives you, like all of these, you get an instant reward, okay, so these are potent reward chemicals. Improves attention, pattern recognition and muscle firing time. Sorry, just to jump back
onto here, the norepinephrine as well also helps with muscle tension. Okay, so back onto dopamine,
the muscle firing time, makes you like a ninja. Endorphins, so endorphins
is a pain reliever, the cool thing about endorphins is that there’s a hundred different types of endorphins in the system. And there’s one specific
called beta endorphin, and that is 100 times more
potent than medical morphine. I can see why people would get addicted from doing extreme sports, right, when they get the feeling of these neurotransmitters and hormones. Then you have anandamide, anandamide is a Sanskrit word meaning bless or joy, again, anandamide is a pain reliever. It lifts the mood, it’s a vessel dilator, which means that it helps
open up the blood vessels, creates flow, and also, it gives you that, well
it does inhibit fear. You become fearless with anandamide. Anandamide also improves lateral thinking, and anandamide is pretty
closely linked to marijuana. Okay, so it has the
same receptors in there. Oxytocin, the love hormone, the Greek word, my wife will like that, for quick birth. Greek word for quick birth,
its related to bonding, trust, emotional behavior, so oxytocin really is that,
really is that, really is, the best way to describe it
was that love connection, group situations, whenever
you’ve been in a group situation, and you’ve maybe experienced,
maybe going through a course, or training, and it’s been
tough and challenging, you build that connection there, that connection you have
is done through oxytocin, Serotonin, serotonin
affects mood, appetite, digestion, sleep and memory. Generally what happens at
the end of the flow state it’s where serotonin is mostly expressed. Now keep in mind, that
generally how they would say is is that an extreme sports
athlete would be triggered first of all with
norepinephrine and dopamine, to get you switched on,
engaged with the task at hand, and then you go through
these different processes, but also think that sex,
love, can also be a trigger to get yourself into the flow state, so oxytocin can be a
way of getting yourself into the flow state. Now, you don’t necessarily
need to have an overwhelming sensation of these
neurotransmitters or hormones, they can be just like
sprinkles on top of it, it could be like a salt and pepper effect on what you’re actually doing, you don’t need to think that you need to experience such
a dramatic euphoric feeling all the time. When you do meditations
and specific exercises that I teach inside, the
training program, (mumbles) code, and the meditations,
you get the sensation of being in the flow state,
but you can think of it like a volume control. So like an old fashioned volume control. Okay, so you’ve got one
and then you take it all the way up to ten. Or, it you’re a (mumbles) spinal
tap fan, you take it to 11. So think of the flow state okay, eleven is when you have an overwhelming, you see these people that look wired when they’ve just been sky
diving, or something dramatic, they’ve really gone through all of those, okay, but you can still
experience the flow state even if it’s at one. Okay, so I don’t want it
to be glued to the fact you need to have an
overwhelming high of these neurotransmitters and
hormones all the time. Remember, the potent reward chemicals, I know they’re addictive, but
you can have the dial at one, and still get the
sensation of being at full, or you can have it at
eleven, and be in full. Okay, thanks for listening, and stay tuned for the next video,
we’re gonna speak about heart rate variability. (music – Keymonkey)

One Comment

  1. Zeynep Pelister said:

    👍Thank you !

    January 23, 2020
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