A while ago I was listening to a radio talk show and the guy on it was pitching his new book, talking about the various 'feel good' chemicals like Dopamine that the brain releases as a reward system to encourage certain behaviors. His suggestion was when you do some thing nice for some one, succeed at some thing you tried to do, or work well with a team, your brain rewards you with a 'hit' of a feel good chemical. The hit doesn't last long obviously.
So I sat and thought about it, the guys on the radio were only talking about getting that hit from good things, as well as artificial hits caused by drug use and so on. But what if some one learned to make their brain give that 'hit' for negative things?
Like say trolling, or camping a noob in a video game, or some other mean thing that we know we shouldn't do but its just so damn much fun. Any of you ever pick on your younger siblings or your pets? You laughed when you did it, didn't you? So does that mean your brain is messed up and rewarding you for the wrong reasons or is it that your brain is just responding to what you think is really a 'good thing'.
This way of thinking actually has some backing when you look at criminals, since many enjoy the 'rush' of doing it. That rush being the Dopamine 'hit' they get for getting away with it. Or even the hit they get in the act.
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