Does our well-being decrease when we value high materialistic aspirations or when we attain them?

Anna Zawadzka , Małgorzata Niesiobędzka , Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska


The purpose of the study was to explore the relationships between materialistic and non-materialistic aspirations and well-being (cognitive, emotional, and social well-being). The novelty of this study is that besides examining the relationships between the importance of materialistic and non-materialistic aspirations and well-being, it also tested the relationships between the attainment of materialistic and non-materialistic goals and different aspects of well-being. The findings of the study indicate that both attaching importance to non-materialistic aspirations and their attainment are linked with well-being (emotional, cognitive and social well-being). The relationship between the attainment of materialistic aspirations and well-being is complex; the attainment of financial success fosters well-being (cognitive, emotional and social well-being) and the attainment of popularity inhibits well-being. However, the relationship between the attachment of importance to materialistic aspirations and well-being is insignificant.
Author Anna Zawadzka (FSS / IPsych / DEPOP)
Anna Zawadzka,,
- Division of Economic Psychology and Organizational Psychology
, Małgorzata Niesiobędzka
Małgorzata Niesiobędzka,,
, Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska
Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska,,
Journal seriesPsychologia Społeczna, ISSN 1896-1800, (B 13 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in Englishlife aspirations, materialism, subjective well-being, social-well-being
Languageen angielski
LicenseOther; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)13
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 13.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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