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“My primary interest concerns people’s values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade I have been especially focused on studying ‘materialistic values,’ i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular.
My colleagues and I have found that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviors. My research has recently been investigating how values relate to well-being in various nations around the world, as well as what leads some people to become especially focused on different types of values.”
VIDEO: The High Price of Materialism. In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.
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The High Price of Materialism
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.
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Episode 55: Provocative, profound words from the historian of the voluntary simplicity movement. David E. Shi (pronounced “Shy”), the 10th president of Furman University from 1994 to 2010, is a leading figure in American higher education. A prolific writer and speaker, David has shared his knowledge of such topics as American history, sustainability, and leadership with thousands of people in the corporate, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant, David has helped organizations and communities strengthen their ability to work with their constituents and achieve their objectives. David regularly travels across the country for speaking engagements and consulting partnerships.
Author of the classic The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (1985/2007), as well as In Search of the Simple Life : American Voices, Past and Present (1996). Recently, “The Simple Life — Past and Present,” Foreword to Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future” by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod of the Simplicity Collective.
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