» » The High Price of Materialism
Download The High Price of Materialism epub book
ISBN:026261197X
Author: Tim Kasser
ISBN13: 978-0262611978
Title: The High Price of Materialism
Format: lrf txt lit doc
ePUB size: 1118 kb
FB2 size: 1295 kb
DJVU size: 1650 kb
Language: English
Category: Psychology and Counseling
Publisher: A Bradford Book (August 29, 2003)
Pages: 165

The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser



The truth, as he demonstrates so comprehensively and thoroughly, is that materialism breeds, not happiness, but dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety, anger, isolation, and alienation. 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.

Nicholas Lezard's choice: In The High Price of Materialism Tim Kasser explains that we may be getting richer, but we aren't any happier. Being a professor of psychology, Kasser cannot avoid jargon entirely. But that which he employs is attractive, and oddly illuminating - as the best jargon can be. The good thing about a term such as "discrepancy theory" is that it gives a name to what advertisers do, even if the term is not used in the industry. These involve vetting the ads one's children see on TV.

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.

Tim Kasser, in his book The High Price of Materialism acknowledges that fact, but examines a different sort of cost: psychological. Kasser contends from his many studies, that the effect of materialism on personal well-being is highly negative for the individual and the community. Materially motivated people are tend to be passive-aggressive, to abuse intoxicants and to have unstable relationships.

A study of how materialism and consumerism undermine our quality of life.

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. I would especially like to thank four colleagues and good friends for their contributions. Rich Ryan deserves accolades for his patience with me and for giving shape, both empirically and theoretically, to the findings reported here.

Kasser, Tim. Download The High Price of Materialism Tim Kasser. C) 2017-2018 All rights are reserved by their owners. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners.

Author Tim Kasser cites numerous studies as he makes a compelling case that materialists are lonely, narcissistic, hampered in relationships, compulsive, insecure and disconsolate. This excellent, necessary work should be required reading for every graduating student and mid-career executive or professional. It is not quite a self-help book, although the author does offer a chapter of advice on how people can attempt to change their ways and even to form a less materialistic society.

A study of how materialism and consumerism undermine our quality of life.

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.

Reviews: 7
Arlana
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.
Framokay
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.
Ance
I am still reading this book, but I am so enjoying it. This book explains the reasons that we as a country and a culture are becoming more and more discontent and unhappy. Our materialistic ideas and concepts, largely due to the media, TV, movies, commercialism are so polluted and distorted by the idealogy that we need more and more "stuff" and things to be happy......this of course never works!! Highly recommend this book....to anyone who will listen!!
Gaiauaco
Gives one a real good look a the psychological cost of spending your life away.
Buriwield
This is SUCH a fantastic book! I highly recommend it. Really helps you step back and get some perspective on your own habits.
Celen
I very good reminder of what is being mass propagated and possible solutions to combat an increasingly materialic habitat America has become.
Bumand
Good
This reads like a textbook. Study after study, numbers, charts etc...