I was just thinking about the way we feel about the things that belong to us. Picture all the personal and real property that you own and don't own — furniture, clothing, cars, houses, toys, gadgets, etc. etc. Now, let me set out 3 categories of how we might feel:
A. When I own something, it takes on special value and feels more precious to me than it did before I owned it or in comparison to similar things that I don't own.
B. When I own something, I'm more aware of its imperfections and problems, and I tend to feel that it's worse than it seemed before I owned it or in comparison to similar things that I don't own.
C. I have a pretty objective feeling about things, and they don't seem either better or worse when they belong to me.
And here are 3 categories of how you might feel about acquiring more things.
D. I feel a fairly strong urge to acquire more things, not just what I'm sure I need, but additional things that will give me pleasure and satisfaction.
E. I am trying to resist acquiring more things.
F. I get what I need and maybe some extra things, but I don't put much mental energy into wanting to buy things or resisting.
Now, here's the poll, and please be honest: