Dematerializing: Taming The Power Of Possessions

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Feb 23, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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"Getting what you want" today is increasingly linked to buying something. But is the purchase always enough? Picking up where "simplifying" may not satisfy, Dematerializing acknowledges the pleasures, along with the pitfalls, of living in a material world. With a sharp reporter's eye and a wry sensibility, Jane Hammerslough encourages readers to explore how a consumption-crazed culture affects their own relationships with objects. By considering what possessions can and can't do, and by exploring where belief in the magic of the material encroaches on belief in ourselves and other people, Dematerializing offers insight into the pressures of living in a possession-obsessed environment--and ways to tame materialism in our own lives. Grounded by real-world examples, research, and the author's own experience, this inspiring book is for those who appreciate having "nice things" but are also disturbed by the control "nice things" sometimes have on their lives.
 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

More pop psychology than how-to, this book was written in the style of a Glamour Magazine article. Full of cheery anecdotes and unsupported assertions, it was inoffensive and even enjoyable in parts ... Read full review

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User Review  - allison.sivak - LibraryThing

Somewhat impersonal. The author tells her own anecdotes, at a distance, making for a book-length argument that feels like breathing recycled air. Read full review

Contents

Materializing
2
At Peace with the Past
36
Good in Your Skin
60
Understanding
86
Belonging
110
Love
138
Doing the Right Thing
158
Being Better
186
Free from Fear
208
Control
230
Dematerializing
250
Recommended Reading
270
Index
276
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About the author (2009)

An award-winning journalist, Jane Hammerslough has written feature stories and essays for Parenting, Child, Garden Design, Saveur, Travel & Leisure, Country Living, and other national magazines. She lives with her husband and two sons in Westport, Connecticut.

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