Category Archives: Human Behavior: Materialism

Gratitude to Cure the Impulse to Buy More Stuff






zen habits : breathe By Leo Babauta It’s funny that two days with such opposing spirits come back-to-back in our calendars here in the U.S.: Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. One is about being thankful for what you have, and … Continue reading






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How to Want Very Little






zen habits : breathe By Leo Babauta There’s a part of today’s consumerist world that drives us to want more, buy more, act on our impulses, hoard, spend to solve our problems, create comfort through shopping, seek thrills through travel, … Continue reading






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How we’re all manipulated by drug companies, health clubs, the auto industry, and the banks






Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental … Continue reading






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Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life






From the immensely popular blogger behind Little House Living comes a motivational homemaking book, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, featuring creative, fun ways to live your life simply and frugally. Shortly after getting married, Merissa … Continue reading






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The strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them






Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from … Continue reading






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What Psychology Says About Materialism and the Holidays






Six questions for materialism expert Tim Kasser, PhD Reporters/editors/producers note: The following feature was produced by the American Psychological Association. You may reprint it in its entirety or in part. We only request that you credit APA as the source. … Continue reading






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Materialism and loneliness: Is there really a vicious cycle?






Despite being much-maligned, materialism is not always bad for consumers. Loneliness may cause materialism, but the opposite is not necessarily true, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “It is widely believed that there is a … Continue reading






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