Professor Probes Greed

f-2014-12-09-kasser-researchFrom: Parenting Pointers

It is quite ironic that we begin this time of year with Thanksgiving, where we focus on being grateful for what we have, and then spend the rest of the month struck with the case of the “gimmees” with yearning for all that we don’t have…

How do we raise our teens with the Yaakov philosophy (of having enough) and not with the Eisav philosophy (of always wanting more)? Unfortunately, we are fighting a losing battle, as a recent research study by Dr. Jean Twenge and (Knox College psychology professor) Dr. Tim Kasser, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin indicates… Today’s teens desire money more than in the 1970s… (but) are less willing to work. (Kasser and Tewnge) call this a “fantasy gap”… Read more…