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The High Price of Materialism
Author: Tim Kasser

ISBN: 9780262611978
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 165
Published: 16 September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.1 x 1.4
Description:
Selected as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2002 by Choice Magazine 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 tha...

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