Risks of Materialism

  • “…people who choose to devote their lives to the pursuit of the “American dream” (the pursuit of money, fame, and popularity) suffer more:
  • psychological distress (anxiety, depression, narcissism) than do people who pursue inner guides like self-actualization.
  • This is true even when those who pursue the American dream do actually attain the money, fame, and popularity they seek” (Kasser & Ryan, 1993, 1996).” (Reeve 410)

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