[ExI] Money can't buy happiness/was Re: Stone age intuition was medical power of attorney
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 01:00:40 UTC 2014
On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM, Dan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would like to test this out. If everyone here pools their money together
> and send it to me, after a year I'll report whether the money has made me
> happier or not. ;)
> No fair! I'm the psychologist. I should get to test it with the group.
Besides, who believes self-report data?
Just FYI: we all have a standard of comparison above which yields
pleasure and beneath which yield dissatisfaction. If you throw in lots of
things that are above that level over time the standard rises so that these
things no longer give great pleasure. It can go the other way too, though
that is uncommon. All of us have the experience of wanting something
badly, then getting it, then becoming less happy over time and begin
wanting more/better. The honeymoon is over. The 7 year itch.
Hence trophy wives and a lot more according to Thibaut and Kelly's Social
Exchange Theory (in Wikipedia) bill w
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