Insight addiction?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Printer-friendly version

Hey, all,
In the interest of informing myself as well as I can and to foster my deep desire to approach my sexuality and relationships differently in the future, I have been examining past and present behaviors in the light of anything that might be causing dopamine peaks and valleys, because I know that all of those behaviors are connected.
(A little history: I have a ninety-proof gene pool--alcoholism is prevalent in my family. I am a nurse who has worked at a treatment center. I am well acquainted with addictive personalities and behaviors.).
Since December of 2006, I have been in a quantum personal growth curve, and the following question arose:
Does anyone know what is happening neuro/biochemically when we have those "Eureka" or "Aha" moments of deep insight? I feel such joy and delight when something rises to my conscious mind, when I understand something I've been striving to understand, or when a new bit of information resonates with me. A friend of mine and I were talking and he suggested my "Aha" and deep insights might be having a neurochemically addictive effect. I disagree, but would welcome feedback.
I know all too well the effects of dopamine in addictive behaviors, and this does not feel like that; it's more of a feeling of connection and deep contentment, of validation, empowerment and strength.....hmmm...sounds like happiness, doesn't it?
Your comments are welcome, as well as links or paths to other info around this.
Warmly,
Cariad