Hello mates! I think I've got this amazing psuedoscience sorted out... Basically: DA high/flow = DA availability + high energy levels (+ DA stimulation) Some backround... So I've been on this ship a long time. Even before the NoFap community. The first time I started, I didn't fap for over a year. I got the "powers", I felt superhuman! You have to have felt the "powers" yourself to relate to this NoFap glossary. BUT... what I realized was, as you may have, that the "glow" fades away after some time (amount of time is individual). Things weren't as bad as before, but the constant DA high was definitely missing. Since then I've been trying to figure out how the powers come about and what the components of it where. What I observed was: 1. Energy (basically baseline DA) have a Use it or lose it mechanism. When stimulated, it returns. If not used, the body adapts. You can easily recognize it if you've ever started regular running or weight lifting (or sex which returns with massive energy - the biggest natural stimulant is probably libido) 2. DA availability = + No hyperstimulation (= any stimulation that skips a natural refractory period) like porn & drugs + DA wired to the specific stimulation executed during high (in this case socialisation) - This is what you fix when you stop porn. You cut out hyperstimulation and you wire your brain to release DA when you socialize instead of fapping) The first weeks into NoFap, the energy (libido) has been stimulated from regular fapping, and is returning in vast quantities. When the brain have adjusted to proper DA wiring (by socializing enough), you will feel that superhuman feeling when socializing. It's way too vast to not feel it in general either. However, after some time, although DA wiring is proper, the libido is gone (unless you've stimulated it) and that is why everything feels "normal" again. The glow has vanished. DA high/flow = DA availability + high energy (+ DA stimulation) Because you have stopped watching porn, this can be simplified. Hyperstimulation is gone and only proper DA wiring is left within DA availability. DA stimulation is constant and balanced. In a social context this means: Powers = Correct DA wiring + energy (libido) So to reactivate the powers you have to re-raise the energy lvls which is done by stimulation (Use it or lose it mechanism) (Note: When I was a workaholic, I was able to stimulate the energy lvls through work). If libido is the stimulant: - Either have sex (Best option for libido, also reinforces proper DA wiring. This gave me way bigger glow than NoFap) - Fap without porn to stimulate libido and then re-wire DA to socializing (don't fap) (without porn because it's easier to rewire DA later). The more frequent fapping, the higher libido (-> powers) after stopping and proper wiring. (I've done this multiple times) Just to be clear. For a DA stimulant to be a "energy stimulant" (raise baseline lvl of DA) it has to be intense/draining. Libido (ejaculation) and running have refractory periods and fit to that description. (After running and ejaculation, opiods are released which dampens DA) "Studies show exercise increases dopamine receptors": http://www.reuniting.info/node/7200 As this stems from reading aswell as experience, don't forget this scientific method to evade confirmation bias. To "prove" a statement, one does his best to disprove the statement. Only when all attempts fail should the statement gain credibility. Any questions or criticism are welcome.