Monday, July 27, 2009

Materialism causes mental disorders

Why are people materialistic? What makes people want expensive things? Society drives people to the breaking point of insanity. Magazines are graced with beautiful models, designer clothing, lavish homes, and dynamic sport cars. Television segments evaluate what glamourous clothing celebrities wear to award shows. Life seems to portray a never-ending popularity contest. Materialism is one of the main causes of mental disorders in society.

Because of materialism, people experience high stress in trying to please others. A materialistic person focuses too much on what others have instead of being happy with their own life. Materialistic people compare their situation to others. They manipulate people to buy them materialistic goods. One will notice that materialistic people give ultimatums to obtain their material wants. The materialism world pressures society to compete in a losing battle to gain attention.  

Every person lives a different quality of life. It is unfair to compare one situation to another. There is no obvious way to explain the reason why some people can own nice cars and homes. These people are able make a good living without a college education. However, materialism creates intense pressure for those who choose to pursue a college education. Materialistic people rush results to secure their material wants.

Materialistic people are too dependent on what society thinks of them, they treat good people with less respect. Such negative people ridicule someone for being unable to make an expensive purchase. Indeed, materialistic people are inconsiderate and irresponsible. In a materialistic relationship, materialism influence couples to resent each other. Essentially, materialism creates unrealistic obstacles that are impossible to attain.

Materialistic people assume their significant other is holding out on buying them expensive things. Eventually, the relationship will fall apart since there are recurring fights between what one can't afford and what purchases are not necessary. Imagine the pressure that materialism places on a responsible person. Would living together and understanding a financial situation be enough to prevent materialism and selfish wants?

Materialism is like a leech sucking the love out of every relationship. Materialistic people constantly complain about not getting jewelry, a vehicle, going on trips, and for not receiving other expensive merchandise. In order to build a strong relationship, a couple must be on the same page. Why put a responsible person through intense stress because of material wants?

Materialism creates a false illusion that material possessions such as designer handbags, cars, homes, and clothing will attract attention. Whereas, lonely people are prone to developing social anxiety, depression, and antisocial personalities, materialistic people influence others to develop depression because of their psychosocial influences. Essentially, a materialistic person wants to own expensive items to please others, confirming they have success through gaining attention.

Materialism revolves around unmet needs, ranging from not receiving enough attention and being unable to obtain possessions a person desired in the past. Materialism is more about pleasing others rather than satisfying their immediate needs. What is the main reason a person wants to make expensive purchases? Some people make purchases that are affordable because they don't care what others think. Materialistic people may possibly have insecurity issues. They worry about how others perceive them. Does having nice jewelry, expensive purses, a new car, and a home keep a materialistic person happy?

Materialistic people feel that filling a void with material possessions will secure their happiness. The truth to the matter is that happiness is finding the good in every moment. No matter how many nice things a materialistic person receives, they will never appreciate them. They will always see others getting more better material possessions, therefore questioning their significant other why they don't receive the same things. They will hear of others going on trips and see another drive a new car. In result, materialism influence materialist people to fall into a depressive state because they don't own the same material items.

Materialistic people don't work hard for what they own because they expect others to make the purchases. This article is two-sided argument, as both men and women can be materialistic. Society associates women as being materialistic, but there men that act selfish too. Men seek to obtain material wants to satisfy their internal needs. Materialistic people avoid looking at the cost of material items, instead focusing on whether their significant other can make purchases to duplicate the action of another.

Sadly enough, materialistic people place an outrageous price tag on validating love through setting the bar so high for a partner, there is no way to meet their personal standards. Materialistic people are not bad people; they do care about their relationship. How does materialism relate to mental disorders?

The media analyzes society through a microscope, setting the social standards to guide society in what perceive is the ideal life to live. Writers produce negative articles that criticize obesity, eating disorders, fashion, and other negative aspects that pressure insecure people. The rich and the famous are portrayed as the standard of success. Average people must sit back and watch celebrities live a fantasy life. Materialism influences people to judge those who lack education, money, and material possessions.

In high school, classmates compete for popularity. Physical looks, designer clothing, high-quality purses, expensive cars, and dating attractive people gain the most attention. The media creates a false illusions of what is cool and what is not. Social influences fuel materialism because there is a need to conform to be accepted as part of a social group. Students want to impress others, fearing rejection and loneliness will make them appear as strange and unpopular. The media portrays loneliness as a psychological disorder.

Materialistic people criticize, judge and torment others. They treat average people with less respect and don't value their worth. Materialism is an impossible force to defeat. No matter how hard a person works to keep things in order, materialism complicates every situation. Fighting about what one person does for another becomes a routine challenge because a responsible person is unable to deliver material possessions.

Materialistic people measure material possessions as the standard to evaluating love. Despite that money is hard to make and that one must be careful with spending too much, materialistic people forget about the traditional standards that define love. When these people have unmet wants, they will manipulate and question the value of their relationship. They use material possessions as a sign to measure love, suggesting that a person doesn't want to make an expensive purchase to devalue the relationship.

Materialistic people make it hard for others to satisfy their wants. Essentially, in the end, materialism causes intense pressure to make a responsible person develop a mental disorder because they keep trying to meet impossible demands. Materialistic people who work hard for their wants have the freedom to purchase material possessions. On the contrary, materialistic people without the financial means to satisfy their material wants shouldn't expect others to make impossible purchases. Hence, materialism sabotages healthy relationships because such selfishness is the devil in disguise. 

The media influences people to become materialistic. Materialism causes mental disorders to develop such as depression, social anxiety, and personality disorders. Materialist people are too dependent on confirming their value through attracting attention that they allow media manipulation to misrepresent the ideal life. Responsible people make a valid attempt to work hard under intense scrutiny to maintain a positive balance. Materialistic people challenge their moral decency to satisfy their inner desire.

In essence, materialistic people create conflict with responsible people. They find it rather challenging to function without securing their materialistic wants. Moreover, materialism makes people rude, unthoughtful, inconsiderate, and irresponsible. Materialistic people use materialism as an act of desperation to live in the public eye. Materialism is the epitome of evil.

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