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"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 materialistic gains do little to improve our well-being. But 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." 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 maintain feelings of insecurity, weaken interpersonal ties, 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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Tim Kasser is a psychologist that has spent many years researching into the effects of materialistic values and practices on human wellbeing. I highly recommend his excellent book, “The High Price of Materialism,” but for those who only have five minutes to spare, many of the key insights of that text are summarised in a new educational video Kasser has made. It’s only five minutes long, but it provides a very concise introduction to consumer culture from a psychologist’s perspective.

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The High Price Of Materialism is fascinating, 90% wonderful for anyone wanting to better understand the research that’s been done so far into materialism. But if you’re looking for a cure? Tim gives us nothing more than a band-aid for our cancer.

The High Price of Materialism. Tim Kasser. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. 149 Pages.
The Fall 2005 Book of the Quarter selection was The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser. The discussion of this interesting and provocative book was lead by the and was held Wednesday, October 19 from noon - 1 p.m., in the Boland Reading Room.The High Price Of Materialism is fascinating, 90% wonderful for anyone wanting to better understand the research that’s been done so far into materialism. But if you’re looking for a cure? Tim gives us nothing more than a band-aid for our cancer.The High Price Of Materialism is fascinating, 90% wonderful for anyone wanting to better understand the research that’s been done so far into materialism. But if you’re looking for a cure? Tim gives us nothing more than a band-aid for our cancer.
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Mark Promislo: During my Ph.D. program I was introduced to a lot of research on materialism—placing high importance on money and possessions—and the negative effects it can have on individual well-being. The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser, for example, had a major impact on my thinking. I suspected that the harmful effects of materialism likely spilled over to the areas of work and family.

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"The High Price of Materialism" was produced by the Center for a New American Dream. The video was supported in part through funds awarded by Knox College from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Grant. The views expressed in this visualization do not necessarily represent the views of Knox College or the Mellon Foundation. Thanks also to MIT Press for their support and to Hali Engelman of WVKC for help in recording.

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The High Price Of Materialism is fascinating, 90% wonderful for anyone wanting to better understand the research that’s been done so far into materialism. But if you’re looking for a cure? Tim gives us nothing more than a band-aid for our cancer.