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  1. The High Price of Materialism
    The High Price of Materialism
    The High Price of Materialism
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  2. The High Price of Materialism

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In The High Price of Materialism, Tim Kasser offers a scientific explanation of how our contemporary culture of consumerism and materialism affects our everyday happiness and psychological health. Other writers have shown that once we have sufficient food, shelter, and clothing, further material gains do little to improve our well-being. Kasser goes beyond these findings to investigate how people's materialistic desires relate to their well-being. He shows that people whose values center on the accumulation of wealth or material possessions face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and problems with intimacy -- regardless of age, income, or culture.

Drawing on a decade's worth of empirical data, Kasser examines what happens when we organize our lives around materialistic pursuits. He looks at the effects on our internal experience and interpersonal relationships, as well as on our communities and the world at large. He shows that materialistic values actually undermine our well-being, as they perpetuate feelings of insecurity, weaken the ties that bind us, and make us feel less free. Kasser not only defines the problem but proposes ways we can change ourselves, our families, and society to become less materialistic.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If you believe, as many do--including psychologist Tim Kasser, that materialism is one of the "religions" of the twenty-first century, you will want to read this book.

He calls materialism "affluenza" and defines it as an infectious disease in which one becomes addicted to having. The vaccine for this disease, he proposes, is mindfulness.

He presents findings from his research and that of others on the materialistic lifestyle. The findings are sobering. People who strongly value the pursuit of wealth and possessions:
1. Report lower psychological well-being
2. Report insecurity
3. Seek materials as a coping strategy in an attempt to satisfy needs
4. Report fragile self-esteem
5. Report shorter, less positive and more negative relationships
6. Tend to treat others with less generosity, less empathy, and more manipulation
7. Experience less personal freedom and authenticity

I recommend this book.
Great read and one that should be recommended to your friends, family, and colleagues. Some really good summaries of studies and great insights. If you're concerned at all about this subject matter or your own outlook on life, give this a good read.
The High Price of Materialism is an accurate representation of reality, if you are a normal person like you and me who likes to read an interesting book, or is looking for an educational reading for school, THIS IS IT! I love the reading style this author apprehends, and I read it faster then expected and I barely read.
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