Slave to a Material World

The Devil Wears Prada: Is That Why She Is so Unhappy?

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Luxury consumption signals status and feels good. So what's the problem?

What Do Singles Spend Their Money On?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Not splurging on shoes, cars, or video games

Ten Ways Your Local Grocery Store Hijacks Your Brain

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Counterfeit crates, neuromarketing, and more hidden traps.

What Drives Your Desire?

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
When was the last time you were obsessed with something?

How Stores Trick Our Senses to Make Us Buy More: Taste

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D.
Part 1 of 5: How do stores use psychology to make us buy more?

Don’t Overspend this Holiday Season

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D.
How to avoid being consumed by consumption

Do More Things Bring Less Love?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Acquiring more and more things may also bring marriage problems.

What Motivates People to Buy Compulsively?

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
People with material values seem to engage in retail therapy.

Are You Unwittingly Spoiling Your Child?

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
How to deprogram the “I have to have it” syndrome.

Cut Back On Compulsive Online Shopping

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Does overspending on eBay mean you're a compulsive shopper?

The Giving Tree Syndrome

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
When you give everything away, what's left for you?

The Urge for Stuff Is Primal

By Loretta G. Breuning Ph.D.
Our ancestors strived to impress before money was invented.

Taming the Want Monster

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Fulfilling your desires is not the key to peace of mind and contentment.