Category Archives: Social Psychology

The push and pull of an all-consuming life

Do you ever get the sense that we live in a culture of gratification that says we should submit to our every whim, while at the same time demands we disavow our desires? On one hand, Nigella tells us that … Continue reading

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Desire, luxury and consuming our identity

Recent news that consumers in Adelaide are willing to pay $400 for a taste of Wagyu steak sounds ridiculous, but in reality, wanting something that others in your particular group can’t have is part of being human. Do you own … Continue reading

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Resistance is (mostly) futile: How buying nothing is harder than it looks (especially at Christmas time)

While there are thousands of people all over the world taking part in the “Buy Nothing” movement, along with a whole range of other groups of people doing what they can to reduce consumption, resistance to commerce is nothing new. The … Continue reading

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Our Hate-Love Relationship with Alcohol

In the 2015 Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Annual Alcohol Poll, 34 per cent of Australians said that they drink to get drunk, 43 per cent said they had vomited as a result of drinking, and 75 per cent … Continue reading

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Belle Gibson, the inspiration industry, and the willing suspension of disbelief

Belle fulfilled her main role as a member of the inspiration industry. She played her part in the inspirational theatre that supports the health and wellness sector. She did what the best products do.

She gave us hope. Continue reading

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Coco-Pops gets two stars; Just like a chocolate milk shake would…

Coco Pops has received two stars in the voluntary health star rating system, but don’t expect a huge change in buying patterns, at least in the short-term. Sales may even increase slightly, because it is likely that most people already know … Continue reading

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Cost of living getting you down? It depends how you look at it

The relationship between having a lot of money and life happiness and satisfaction is surprisingly weak. And having a high income, doesn’t mean that you think that having more money wouldn’t make you happier. Continue reading

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