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Dopamine Fasting Pitfalls

Related: Dopamine, Dopamine Fasting

Does it make sense to practice dopamine fasting?

Controlling your dopamine for [[motivation]], [[focus]] & [[satisfaction]] by avoiding low-effort dopamine spikes makes a lot of sense in general.

However, maintaining a balance of low and high-effort dopamine is probably more beneficial in the long run than hardline avoidance of a [[cheap dopamine]].


  • You eventually build up another form of addiction. Addiction to hard work
  • As an addiction, it displaces other sources of dopamine, which you avoid as low-effort ones
  • Hard work eventually exhausts you
  • You get in a loop where
    • you can't continue grinding as before
    • you don't have a habit of a proper rest
    • you can't push harder to get dopamine
    • you can't get dopamine elsewhere