Materialistic people ridden with anxiety

Materialistic people ridden with anxiety


Washington: People who place high value on wealth and status are
more depressed and anxious and less sociable than others, says a new

"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 co-authored the study with Monika A.
Bauer, James E. B. Wilkie, and Jung K. Kim, the journal Psychological
Science reports. In two of four experiments, university students were put
in a materialistic frame of mind by tasks that exposed them to images of
luxury goods or words mobilising consumerist values, according to a
Northwestern statement.

Completing questionnaires afterwards,
those who looked at the pictures of cars, electronics, and jewellery rated
themselves higher in depression and anxiety, less interested in social
activities like parties, and more in solitary pursuits than the others.

primed to materialism by exposure to certain words evinced more
competitiveness and less desire to invest their time in pro-social
activities like working for a good cause. The findings have both social
and personal implications, says Bodenhausen.

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