Dopamine Nation - Dr. Anna Lembke

Dopamine Nation

By Dr. Anna Lembke

  • Release Date: 2021-08-24
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 186 Ratings


“Brilliant . . . riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick,
as heard on Fresh Air

This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting . . . The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.
In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain . . . and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.


  • Eye opener

    By Mannyar96
    This book is great for anyone dealing with basic everyday addictions. Whether video games or even binge watching. This book goes into detail about the balance between pain and pleasure.
  • For Psychologists

    The book has a variety of stories told by the author can be relatable to some degree for some. There is biological explanations of dopamine with great analogy for the reader to follow along. I wish there other forms of addiction discussed in this book that is more abstract such as thoughts or a person.
  • A dive into the mind

    By Skeeter Frost
    Excellent read and inspiring.
  • Great book on addiction

    By AnthonyG88
    This is a great book on addiction and how our minds work. This book provides a lot of insight on addiction beyond drug use.
  • Fascinating

    By BethanyAllayne
    Dr. Lembke’s book is eye-opening, informative, and easy reading. She gives insight into creating pain-pleasure balance in the midst of our dopamine saturated world.
  • Life changing

    By moshimochi
    There’s you before and after. Buy. Consume. Take action daily. Check in with yourself regularly. Essential reading for operators in the limbic surveillance capitalist environment.
  • Great life lessons told with touching personal stories

    By wolterlw
    Having read a few “self-help” books, I can confidently say this book is of a different class. Although it does give you advice and techniques to use in day-to-day lives, it never does it in a “just do it!” kinda way. More than that, I believe the book taught me to empathize better with people who suffer from compulsive overconsumption and generally with all of us flawed human beings. An informative and concise book I can recommend everyone.