Do pictures of halfnaked men (i.e fitnessmodels) trigger a dopamine spike?

Discussion in 'Pornography Addiction' started by Anewlife, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Anewlife

    Anewlife Member

    Hello all,

    Mabeye a weird question, but i feel like this is the case, with me anyway.

    I feel like pictures of fitness models and bodybuilders with half naked bodys spike dopamine because of the link my brain makes with the previously viewed material (porn)

    Also i feel like i am "triggered" by these pictures.

    I am a 100% hetro (no offence to those who are not) and dont feel turned on by guys at all in my normal day to day life.

    Would like to hear some insights on this. I think it would be benificial not viewing them anymore, also they give an false expectation about how your body should look.

  2. 100DaysMission

    100DaysMission Active Member

    I think you're right in suggesting they're not beneficial to look at, but I think it's unlikely they're causing a dopamine spike.

    I'm no neuroscientist but as far as I'm aware...
    When you get a dopamine spike during porn, it's because you're brain wants to have sex with the women on your screen (or at least is aroused by the images you're watching). You get similar things with food. The release of dopamine is an evolutionary response to the things which perpetuate our existence. However, in modern times these responses can become imposed onto maladaptive behaviours.
    However, without getting sexual gratification from images of half-naked men, I don't see how you can trigger the release of dopamine.
  3. hope2overcome

    hope2overcome No Love, No Sex

    Maybe you like the guys figure because you want a figure just like him. Sometimes, when I look myself in the mirror I get very happy at the progress I have made in the gym.

    But, to answer your question, No. I just watched a 20 min fitness video and not once did I get mentally stimulated nor recognize a release of dopamine.

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