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Consumerism and Its Antisocial Effects Can Be Turned On — Or Off

21st Century Materialism

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From the 9 April 2012 article at Science News Daily

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It’s also environmental. “We found that irrespective of personality, in situations that activate a consumer mindset, people show the same sorts of problematic patterns in wellbeing, including negative affect and social disengagement,” says Northwestern University psychologist Galen V. Bodenhausen…

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April 10, 2012 - Posted by | Psychology | , , ,

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