The High Price of Materialism

The High Price of Materialism

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by Tim Kasser
     
 

ISBN-10: 026261197X

ISBN-13: 9780262611978

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611978
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
165
Sales rank:
206,440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Mixed Messages1
Ch. 2Personal Well-Being5
Ch. 3Psychological Needs23
Ch. 4Insecurity29
Ch. 5Fragile Self-Worth43
Ch. 6Poor Relationships61
Ch. 7The Chains of Materialism73
Ch. 8Family, Community, and the Earth87
Ch. 9Making Change97
Epilogue117
Notes119
References129
Index143

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