by Ava Feuer, REDBOOK
Those who are convinced that their good dishes, throw pillows, and stationary are worth a fortune may be suffering loneliness and insecurity.
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Say what? A new study appearing in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that the stronger a person's sense that she is loved and accepted by others, the lower the monetary value she places on material goods. When researchers gave participants simple items like a pen or a blanket, those with weaker interpersonal relationships assigned the objects values up to five times greater than those with stronger bonds.
Researchers suggest that their study could be useful in understand people with hoarding disorders, and on a lesser scale, classic packrats.
It makes sense because to some degree, we all take comfort in their possessions. But, in your experience, do the findings hold true?
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