The More Secure You Feel, The Less You Value Your Stuff

Henri Gerbault - Les financiers exprimant leur joieIt looks like greed isn’t the Prime Mover of the human race, but rather a psychological overcompensation for a lack of “healthy selfishness.”  ScienceDaily reports:

People who feel more secure in receiving love and acceptance from others place less monetary value on their possessions, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

The research was conducted by Edward Lemay, assistant professor of psychology at UNH, and colleagues at Yale University. The research is published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Lemay and his colleagues found that people who had heightened feelings of interpersonal security — a sense of being loved and accepted by others — placed a lower monetary value on their possession than people who did not.

In their experiments, the researchers measured how much people valued specific items, such as a blanket and a pen. In some instances, people who did not feel secure placed a value on an item that was five times greater than the value placed on the same item by more secure people.

Does that include Wall Street banksters and corporate CEOs?  Granted, money isn’t actual stuff, but it might explain how they behave if their parents didn’t really love them.

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18 Comments on "The More Secure You Feel, The Less You Value Your Stuff"

  1. WhiteRose | Mar 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

    Money can’t buy love.

  2. WhiteRose | Mar 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |

    Money can’t buy love.

  3. But it can rent company.

  4. Only if you’re into quantity over quality.

  5. Charlie Sheen has enough money to get quantity AND quality. Winning!

  6. That depends on what quality you’re talking about.

  7. Does that mean that the more insecure you feel the greater value you give to things? Yet, to the greedy, money is everything.

  8. Does that mean that the more insecure you feel the greater value you give to things? Yet, to the greedy, money is everything.

  9. Anonymous | Mar 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

    First approximation analysis seems to me to be attachment (emphasized to prompt the reader to place a Buddhist connotation thereon) to a self-image as a middle-class person, with reference to the artifacts thought necessary to support such a self-image. To the contrary, one attraction of (lower-case-“b”) “bohemia” (a “country of the spirit” rather than a place in the world), is the freedom to dispense with much irrelevand material burden. I respectfully submit that that freedom is one possible portal to security — though I emphasize possible.

  10. robertpinkerton | Mar 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm |

    First approximation analysis seems to me to be attachment (emphasized to prompt the reader to place a Buddhist connotation thereon) to a self-image as a middle-class person, with reference to the artifacts thought necessary to support such a self-image. To the contrary, one attraction of (lower-case-“b”) “bohemia” (a “country of the spirit” rather than a place in the world), is the freedom to dispense with much irrelevand material burden. I respectfully submit that that freedom is one possible portal to security — though I emphasize possible.

  11. grooveboss | Mar 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

    quality is quantity compressed!!!!!!! All I know is I’m still into mexican chair people. This article came out on my birthday as I was winning!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. The more secure you feel, the less you value exclamation points.

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