The things we love : how our passions connect us and make us who we are

by Ahuvia, Aaron,

Format: Print Book 2022
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An "exciting and engaging" investigation (Jonah Berger) of the secret, tangled emotional relationships people have with things--drawing on cutting-edge findings from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and marketing.

Books, baseball cards, ceramic figurines, art, iPhones, clothing, cars, music, dolls, furniture, and even nature itself. If you're like most people, at some point in your life you've found yourself indulging in a love affair with some thing that brings you immense joy, comfort, or fulfillment. Why is it that we so often feel intense passion for objects? What does this tendency tell us about ourselves and our society?

In The Things We Love , Dr. Aaron Ahuvia presents astonishing discoveries that prove we are far less "rational" than we think when it comes to our possessions and hobbies. In fact, we have passionate relationships with the things we love, and these relationships are driven by influences deep within our culture and our biology. Some of our passions are sudden, obsessive, and fleeting; others are devoted and lifelong affairs. Some turn dark: we become hoarders, or would prefer to destroy certain objects rather than let anyone else own them. And as technology improves, becoming increasingly addictive, one wonders: might our lives become so dominated by our emotional ties to things that we lose interest in other people?

Packed with fascinating case studies, scientific analysis, and takeaways for living in a modern and ever-so-material world, The Things We Love offers a truly original and insightful look into our love for inanimate objects -- and how better understanding these relationships can enrich and improve our lives.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ahuvia, a marketing professor at the University of Michigan--Dearborn, debuts with an excellent exploration of the "psychology of loving things." Drawing on scientific studies and the wisdom of marketing experts, the author examines what leads people to "love" objects and hobbies: "Our love of things is really about creating our identities and connecting to the people we care about." He suggests that affection for loved ones can rub off on items associated with their memory, and notes that when natural disasters destroy homes, people are often most upset about the ruined photographs and heirlooms that connected them to deceased relatives. Brand allegiance can offer community, Ahuvia posits, theorizing that "Bronies" (mostly adult male fans of the children's show My Little Pony) derive a transgressive sense of belonging through their fandom of a show aimed at a much younger audience. Citing a study in which participants overestimated the value and quality of their origami creations, the author argues that people "value things a lot more when they have helped design or build them." Ahuvia's conversational tone makes the bounty of research findings entertaining and easily digestible. This stimulating volume is easy to love. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth, Aevitas Creative Management. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hobbies -- Psychological aspects.
Collectors and collecting -- Psychological aspects.
Novelties -- Psychological aspects.
Material culture.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects.
Collectors and collecting.
Publisher New York, NY :Little, Brown Spark,2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-310) and index.
ISBN 9780316498227
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