THRILL OR FULFILL? THE WINDING PATH BETWEEN PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS
In today’s society we tend to think that feeling pleasure can be synonymous with being happy, thus the capitalistic industry constantly floods us with messages promoting immediate gratification through junk food, consumerism, and so on. However, this instant pleasure not only is not able to quench that deeper yearning towards a truly fulfilling life, but it is even damaging our health and that of the Earth.
Even amid western abundance, the instant gratification of pleasure leaves us empty, bored, trapped in a thousand addictions, which in the “land of freedom” leaves us stuck in a cage where true movement and change is limited.
In this presentation Juliana will dive into the philosophical, psychological and neurological implications of Hedonia (the search for pleasure) and Eudemonia (the search for happiness), by reflecting on the differences between the behaviour of Dopamine and Serotonin in the brain, revealing the mechanisms behind addiction and outlining a way out of the “Pleasure Trap” through psychedelics, finding a new freedom from the power of sugar, alcohol, digital drugs, porn, co-dependency in relationships and others.
Juliana Estevez (Bio)
Juliana Estevez is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and founder of the Portuguese Centre of Jungian Studies, the first Junguian school in Portugal. In 2013 she moved to a nature sanctuary in SW Portugal together with her husband and kids.
There she started a Transition Educational Community promoting spiritual, ecological and transformative experiences. She is a courageous psychonaut and enjoys applying the Jungian mapping of the subconscious to entheogenic visions.