The Diderot Effect: why we buy things we don’t need
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We often fill our lives with possessions we don't need.
This is named the Diderot Effect: the tendency to over-consume, spurred by our need for betterment.
French writer and philosopher Denis Diderot once acquired a beautiful scarlet dressing gown. So he got rid of his old gown and admired the new one. But now the rest of his possessions felt old, so he went on a buying spree to replace his old possessions with more extravagant options, eventually leading him into debt.
All this started with one precious object. Diderot was the master of his old robe, but a slave to the new one. We do the same. We buy a cabinet, then buy objects to put on the shelve.
It is possible to curb impulse buying and move to mindful consumption.
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