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



June 1999 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book demonstrates how what we own can control us - the terminal stage of the social disease of acquisitive desire for material things. Topics covered include: what acquisitive desire means in people's lives; diagnosis and treatment of consumer disorders; interventions and clinical issues for those who follow an excessively materialistic lifestyle; how therapists and therapy are treated as possessions to flaunt; and the struggles of therapists with their own acquisitive desires. Jeffrey Kottler does not recommend giving up all attachment to things, but makes clear that satisfaction comes not from owning possessions, but from their legitimate use for amusement, stimulation or 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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