Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need

Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need

by Bruce Hood

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Overview

You may not believe it, but there is a link between our current political instability and your childhood attachment to teddy bears. There's also a reason why children in Asia are more likely to share than their western counterparts and why the poor spend more of their income on luxury goods than the rich. Or why your mother is more likely to leave her money to you than your father. What connects these things?

The answer is our need for ownership. Award-winning psychologist Bruce Hood draws on research from his own lab and others around the world to explain why this uniquely human preoccupation governs our behaviour from the cradle to the grave, even when it is often irrational, and destructive. What motivates us to buy more than we need? Is it innate, or cultural? How does our urge to acquire control our behaviour, even the way we vote? And what can we do about it?

Timely, engaging and persuasive, Possessed is the first book to explore how ownership has us enthralled in relentless pursuit of a false happiness, with damaging consequences for society and the planet - and how we can stop buying into it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190699918
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 317,232
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bruce Hood is Professor of Psychology at the University of Bristol and the author of SuperSense, The Self Illusion and The Domesticated Brain. He is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the British Psychology Society and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Table of Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1: Do We Really Own Anything?
Chapter 2: Why Do We Need To Own?
Chapter 3: Origins of Ownership
Chapter 4: It's Only Fair
Chapter 5: Possessions, Wealth & Happiness
Chapter 6: We Are What We Own
Chapter 7: Sacred Stuff
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
References

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