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Exploring and Treating Acquisitive Desire
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Exploring and Treating Acquisitive Desire
Living in the Material World


April 1999 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do we live in a material world that measures success by what we own? How we deal with the pressure to compete with others in displays of our success? This is a book about the social disease of acquisitive desire for material things -corporeal and intangible. The themes covered include what acquisitive desire means in people's lives, how therapists and therapy are treated as possessions, clinical identification and diagnosis of consumer disorders that become the primary or secondary focus of treatment, interventions and clinical issues involved in working with those who suffer the effects of an excessively materialistic lifestyle, and the way therapists, as members of a bourgeois profession, struggle with their own acquisitive desires. Jeffrey A. Kottler seeks not to encourage people to give up all attachment to things, rather to reduce the degree to which we are controlled by them. It is far better when satisfaction comes not from owning things, but using them for fun, stimulation, and learning.

 
PART ONE: CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND
 
Social Disease and Professional Unease
 
Image and Identity
 
The Meaning of Possessions
 
Consequences of Consumerism
 
PART TWO: DISORDERS OF EXCESS
 
Greed
 
Emptiness and Meaninglessness
 
Compulsive Shopping and Hoarding
 
The Privileged and Successful
 
PART THREE: TREATMENT ISSUES
with Hal Stevens
Interventions
 
Ritual Acquisitions
 
Alternative Lifestyles
 
Reflective Activities
 
Therapist Desires

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