If You Feel Loved, You Value Your Stuff Less

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.

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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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