Neuropsychology Personal Development


Written by Nick Matthews


We all participate in behaviours that are rewarding and we will repeat these behaviours to benefit from the pleasures they bring. Interestingly, the brain doesn’t differentiate between pleasures, so it provides the same chemical response whether the pleasure is from sex, drugs, money or lots of great food and drink.

The pleasure signal releases dopamine which makes you feel good. In addition, dopamine also grows neural pathways which help with learning and memory so that we can reproduce the same reward system time and time again. The same reward circuit is also responsible for motivation a precursor for change and success. Through training and guidance, you can decide which neural pathways best support where you want to take your life and grow these pathways. My best selling book Become Unstoppable – Neuro hack your Brain takes you through this and other key processes.

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Getting Our Dopamine Hit From Breathing

Breathing plays a role in the production of the Dopamine but with a much healthier response to the body/mind. Here’s the difference, when we’re conditioning the dopamine release from the reward centres of our brain, not only do we create an addictive environment for ourselves, we train our brain to live in the stress response constantly seeking pleasure outside of ourselves.

Incorporating a breathing practice for the Dopamine release has the complete opposite effect. When we diaphragmatically breathe, the contraction of the diaphragm sends a message to the brain to release dopamine which creates a calming effect. As an important immune regulator, peripheral dopamine is mainly produced by autonomic nervous system. So, we’re producing Dopamine from a relaxed environment in the Parasympathetic Nervous System.

Now here’s the other benefit. Conscious breathing communicates with the emotional centres in the brain to reduce anxiety, depression and stress and provides the platform to transform addictive behaviours. A breathing practice is the perfect non-pharmacological intervention for emotion enhancement; not diminishing it.

By just incorporating a regular Diaphragmatic Breathing practice, we’re strengthening the qualities of the Parasympathetic Nervous System and heart-brain coherence.  Heart-brain coherence is closely tied to cardiac vagal tone and the strength of our vagus nerve which is stimulated by Diaphragmatic Breathing. Strong vagal tone is closely associated with the physiological basis of emotion, including emotional regulation, psychological adaptation (resiliency), emotional reactivity and expression, empathic responses, and attachment.

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About the author

Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews is an Author, Organisational Neurologist, International Speaker, Performance Coach, and Clinical Psychologist. Creator of Change Your Destiny In 6 Days and author of the best-selling book BECOME Unstoppable - Neuro Hack Your Brain. Creator of one of the fastest-growing Personal Development Facebook Pages and author of soon to be published Destiny Paradigm through Russel House Publishing and also the author of Personality to Success. Nick is available for 1-2-1 coaching online or in person.

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