Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My first interesting psych post *fanfare*

Ok, so this is an article I came across while researching for thesis. I know it's not about food but the only food related one I came across was this one and to be honest I'm not so sure reading about obesity will sit well with people on lunch.

The article was published in the Journal of Research in Personality and is all about the idea that seeking out wealth and fame are dead ends, psychologically speaking. It basically suggests that despite the fact they are doing well, individuals who actively seek out wealth, fame etc., experience more negative emotions like shame and anger. On the other hand, people who value personal growth, close relationships, community involvement, and physical health are more satisfied as they have success in those areas than those who mean material successes. They tend to have more positive feelings toward themselves.
I definitely recommend reading the article itself, it's really interesting

Recipe soon, I promise x


  1. The second article is interesting, I think it follows my general beleive that the best way to be healthy is a balance. Total focus of the extrinsic damages intrinsic growth, I mean, some ex. success-oriented people in business learn to be ruthless and care less about others, and power dehumanises those you have power over.

    Though I think it could have mentioned that you need a certain amount of extrinsic interest to get by, I mean someone who has no secular ambition or care for their appearance isn't going to do well either. Very interesting, I can't say I find it paradoxical though! Or maybe that's only if you already have the psychological grounding that all goals are good when achieved.

  2. I know exactly what you mean, but excuse me for a minute while I do my first ever comment posted dance..............................................................................and we're done :P

    I think they type of people they were talking about though were the Paris Hilton-ites who are never happy unless they have the latest wrinkle-firming hair curling mobile phone/waffle iron that doubles as a personal trainer :/

    People like that will never be psychologically fulfilled whereas people without those goals tend to be more well rounded and therefore are more psychologically grounded :D