Why the American culture of consumption is destructive to individuals and society Emotionally healthy people are less likely to exhibit extreme materialism. Agree or disagree. First, consider the big issues presented in the readings and videos: the psychology of consumer desire and what drives consumerism in this country; why people want what they want, their motivation to acquire things. Second, examine a specific consumer behavior—something we spend our money on, or something we try to achieve by spending money. What insights do we gain by looking at this particular behavior?
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