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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907


Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907

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"Women shouldn’t deny their dark side. Sometimes those demons are frightening and sometimes they’re beautiful. You’ll have to approach them. Drink a glass of wine with them, take them for a walk on the beach, examine yourself."

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Sabrina (1954) dir. Billy Wilder

It is late at night and someone across the way is playing La Vie en Rose. It is the French way of saying, ‘I am looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses and it says everything I feel. I have learned how to live, how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life, or from love, either.


The fact that Peggy had an affair with Duck Phillips makes me sick. I mean, not the fact that she had an affair but that she had one with him. He’s just so repulsive, and not even in a “so-creepy-it’s-hot” kind of way, he’s just so schlubby and gross and lame.

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This is the chemical formula for love:

dopamine, seratonin, oxytocin.

It can be easily manufactured in a lab, but overdosing on any of them can cause schizophrenia, extreme paranoia, and insanity.

Let that sink in.



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Ok. Um. I’m sorry to be a dick but that’s not accurate. 

Even though serotonin may be related to mood, and oxytocin might be related to attachment, and dopamine may be related to productivity, that does not mean these neurotransmitters have any intrinsic effect. You can’t just mix them all together, drink them down, and call that love.

Each one of those chemicals has many different effects on the brain, depending on which part of the brain they’re in. Neurotransmitters are like keys. They fit into particular locks — receptors in the brain — and thereby encourage the neurons connected to those receptors to engage in activity. 

There is nothing inherently happy- or attached- or sad-making about any neurotransmitter. Dopamine, for example, can open many “happy” locks in the brain, but it can also activate receptors that encourage behavioral inhibition and fine motor skills. This is why a dopamine deficiency is related to Parkinson’s symptoms, and why Parkinson’s disease can cause both motor skill problems and depression. 

Think of dopamine as a key that can open every door on the second floor of an office, including the closets, bathrooms, storage rooms, and meeting rooms. Just because the same key works for all those rooms doesn’t mean those rooms are related in any other way. Just because you’ve opened the closet door does not mean you’ve also opened the door to the board room or the bathroom. In order for the key to have an effect, it must be placed in the appropriate lock. 

Playing a rewarding video game or checking off your to-do list can flood your brain with dopamine, but only in certain areas, only having certain effects. You can stimulate the reward centers of the brain all you like; your behavioral inhibition and motor skill “doors” won’t necessarily be unlocked in the process. 

There is no such thing as overdosing on a neurotransmitter. And just because a neurotransmitter is associated with two type of receptors or two types of brain activities does not mean those activities are the same thing or are related psychologically.

Schizophrenia, paranoia, and “insanity” ares not caused by an excess of serotonin or dopamine or anything else. Neurotransimitters themselves don’t cause any of those mental illnesses. You must have either a structural or genetic predisposition to the disorder to get it. 

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"I am free and that is why I am lost."

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