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Mimetic Desire explained in exactly 500 words

Mimetic Desire explained in exactly 500 words

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Our Needs And Wants

Like all animals, we know what we need. Nourishment, safety, sex. Our needs are limited. Instinctual. Natural. And in today’s world – almost guaranteed.

Our wants, on the other hand, are more complex. Whimsical. Time-consuming. We create them by choosing from a menu of possibilities that ch...

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Everywhere you look, you’ll see groups of people who want the same things. The newest iPhone. Gucci handbags. Yeezys. Expensive degrees. And lately ­– pixelated JPEGS.

Like a bunch of neighbouring metronomes that spontaneously synchronize, our desires coalesce with those of our social group...

Firstly, our wants are confusing. It is impossible to know what to want when there’s an endless, ever-changing list to pick from, with no reference point provided by evolution.

Secondly, we are wired to play status games. High status had evolutionary advan...

Mimetic Desire is the reason we become like the people we spend time with or look up to. They shape what we choose to want, often unconsciously.  

Since our time is limited, it pays to pay attention to our desires. Escaping them is a futile endeavour for those of us that aren’t monks. Reord...

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