December 16, 2014
What Psychology Says About Materialism and the Holidays
Six questions for materialism expert Tim Kasser, PhD
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Would the holidays be the same without some materialism in the mix? In today’s consumer society, what does it mean to be materialistic, and is that necessarily a bad thing? Psychologists have conducted research that has helped answer those questions and many more.
APA recently asked Kasser the following questions:
APA: What does it mean to be materialistic and why is it generally viewed in a negative light? Why are some people materialistic and others not?
Read more at http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/12/materialism-holidays.aspx