September 27, 2018
Reactive State: The dopamine-addicted state of living in pure reaction.
The Reactive State is what I call that dopamine-addicted zombie-like state where you’re living in reaction.
This might manifest itself in constantly (or even desperately) checking your phone for DM notifications, mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook/Instagram/Reddit feed, and being preoccupied with what other people think about you.
Rather than creating your own reality and carving your own path through life, you’re living in reaction to other peoples’ reality. You’re living on the sidelines, waiting for somebody better than you to invite you into their lives and fix all of your problems.
This is an awful state to be in, and there is absolutely no benefit to being in this state. Everyone should strive to eliminate any resemblance of this state from their lives.
Written by Jeremy Bernier who left the NYC rat race to travel the world, work remotely, and find the meaning of life.