Possessed – Why We Want More Than We Need | Bruce Hood

Award-winning psychologist Bruce Hood draws on research from his own lab and others around the world to explain why psychological ownership is an emotional state of mind that governs our behaviour from the cradle to the grave, even when it is often irrational and destructive. What motivates us to buy more than we need? How does our urge to acquire control our behaviour, even the way we vote? And what can we do about it?

Timely, engaging and persuasive, Possessed is the first book to explore how ownership has us enthralled in relentless pursuit of a false happiness, with damaging consequences for society and the planet – and how we can stop buying into it.

Sounds like a very interesting book. Adding it to my “want to read” list.

Link: Possessed – Why We Want More Than We Need

I only learned about this book after reading an interesting article that the author wrote for Aeon, regarding material possessions and how they shape our identity.


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