What is Affluenza? Here is Wikipedia's definition:
Affluenza, a portmanteau of the words affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of capitalism and consumerism. Sources define it as follows:
affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.
affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to "keep up with the Joneses". 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.
Do you know anyone who suffers from this? You perhaps?
Wikipedia goes on to say:
"...increases in material wealth may lead to feelings of worthlessness and dissatisfaction rather than experiences of a 'better life', ... many of those who become wealthy will find the economic success leaving them unfulfilled and hungry only for more wealth, finding that they are unable to get pleasure from the things they buy and that increasingly material things may come to dominate their time and thoughts to the detriment of personal relationships and to feelings of happiness. The condition is considered particularly acute amongst those with inherited wealth, who are often said to experience guilt, lack of purpose and dissolute behavior, as well as obsession with holding on to the wealth."
I am not suggesting that we all give up capitalism and become staunch left-wingers but I do think that we have developed this need to keep on buying, collect unnecessary items, go shopping for something to do.
Have you ever wanted to buy something on ebay, watched the auction closely but then found that you lost interest when the words "You have won this auction" appear?
Do you spend more time shopping online than being with your loved ones?
You know the problem I am talking about, the obsession even.
Once you have become a spendaholic or shopaholic it is difficult to help.
Here is an easy way: download a hypnosis MP3 called Overcome Affluenza.
It will cost you just a few dollars but save you a fortune over time and mke you happier by removing this addiction to materialism and excessive consumption.
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