High Price of Materialism

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Unformatted text preview: Psychology Sociology General Studies The High The High Price of Price of Materialism Materialism Adapted from the work of Prof Tim Kasser, Knox College, Illinois Socrates (B.C. 469-399) He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Contentment is natural wealth; luxury, artificial poverty. Advertisements Advertisements It starts like this .and ends like this Politics of Materialism the American people have got to go about their business. We cannot let the terrorists achieve the objective of frightening our nation to the point where we dont conduct business, where people dont shop. George W Bush quoted in The New York Times, October 12, 2001 Corporate Power In 2000, 52 of the largest 100 economic organizations in the world were not nations, but corporations The Power of Materialism The percentage of incoming American First-year college students reporting it is very important or essential to be financially well-off: 42% in the mid 1960s 75% in the mid 2000s The Message of Materialism You can purchase happiness It is important to work and consume Life is meaningful and people are successful to the extent they have money, possessions, and the right image Is this true? Psychological costs? Social costs? Ecological costs? Psychological Costs Diminished Happiness Higher Materialism: Anxiety Depression Physical Symptoms Unpleasant emotions Drug & Alcohol Use Lower Materialism Self-actualization Vitality Life Satisfaction...
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course SOC 111 taught by Professor Brown,r during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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