Definition of Euphoria 

What is the proper definition of euphoria? Most psychological terms have several meanings that depend on subjective experience, local tradition, theoretical perspective and other different viewpoints. But as we learn more and more about the inner workings of the brain we get closer and closer to a real definition of euphoria.

Euphoria is more than just a feeling of being content. It is more than being satiated. It is not just the absence of irritation or frustration. There is a strong element of subjective expectation and you might say that euphory is the peak of hope. A state where hope is not just you trying to cling on to the mere possiblity that things could work out allright, but rather a state where you feel certain that happiness is coming your way and that nothing too bad is going to touch you.

Expectations and hope plays a role

But this is all a bit introspective in perspective. Are there no facts to our understanding of euphoria?

 

 

But surely there is more to euphoria than just bagging the pig and having a roast with family and freinds?

This is where the introspective and the neurolocial views of euphoria acutally joins up seemlessly.

This is in a more general sense, a more widespread and deeper sense.

 

IofC

Humans tend to focus on the reward. But in nature it is more about the work that you put in. And in reality dopamine is more a reflection of a sensed opportunity than some reward for a job well done.  Two sides of the same coin, but while the reward perspective makes sense to people, the opportunity perspective is what matters for future behavior, growth, survival and procreation.
It is perhaps also what makes you happy: Sensing great opportunity to fulfill your destiny, fill your stomach, mate with someone healthy and have lots of offspring.  Dopamine euphoria drives you towards all of that.

The “reward” is incidental really.

Humans tend to focus on the reward. But in nature it is more about the work that you put in. And in reality dopamine is more a reflection of a sensed opportunity than some reward for a job well done.  Two sides of the same coin, but while the reward perspective makes sense to people, the opportunity perspective is what matters for future behavior, growth, survival and procreation.
It is perhaps also what makes you happy: Sensing great opportunity to fulfill your destiny, fill your stomach, mate with someone healthy and have lots of offspring.  Dopamine euphoria drives you towards all of that. The “reward” is incidental really.

 

 

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