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.
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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.