Psychology and Materialism

We know from research that materialism tends to be associated with treating others in more competitive, manipulative and selfish ways, as well as with being less empathetic […].

[M]aterialism is associated with lower levels of well-being, less pro-social interpersonal behaviour, more ecologically destructive behaviour, and worse academic outcomes. It also is associated with more spending problems and debt […].

We found that the more highly people endorsed materialistic values, the more they experienced unpleasant emotions, depression and anxiety, the more they reported physical health problems, such as stomachaches and headaches, and the less they experienced pleasant emotions and felt satisfied with their lives.

This article is based on excerpts from an interview with Tim Kasser, published December 16, 2014 on Tim Kasser, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, specializing in materialism and well-being. Special thanks to

The Microskirt in Kogal

A microskirt is a very short skirt indeed. It is shorter than a miniskirt, being less than 20 cm (8 inches) in length. They are predominantly worn by teenage girls or young women to evoke an impression of cheekiness and playfulness, especially in an appropriate social context.

English: A stereotypical fashion of high schoo...

Japanese student with ‘kogal’ loose socks and skirt

Microskirts are rarely worn as streetwear in Europe.

They are, however, quite popular among girls in Japan, where they are made part of school uniforms.

The uniforms grils wear to school in Japan always include a skirt which is made shorter by the ‘popular girls’ within the kogal subculture – the culture of popular youths.

Microskirts are important within kogal and the fashion item is popular among teenage girls, especially among those who want to practise panchira, a form of softcore exhibitionism where women try to show just a hint of their panties.

Nowadays the term panchira is also used by Japanese women to warn each other that their underwear is visible.

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Thigmotropism is a natural property that can be found in plants. The word is derived from the Greek prefix thigmo-, meaning touch, with -tropism meaning movement. Thigmotropism entails the moving or growing of an organism in response to touch. When thigmotropic plants grow around or against a surface, the plant’s tendrils will either coil around or stick to it. Climbing plants such as ivy and vines are an example of this. When the tendrils touch the surface, the cells on the opposite side will elongate, while the cells on the touched side will shrink, causing the tendril to bend. Carnivorous plants are thigmotropic – when an insects flies into their trap, the touch leads to the plant closing its leaves or tentacles to consume the insect.

The Hedera Helix or Common Ivy

When plants grow towards the touched object, they are positively thigmotropic. Some plants, however, have roots that are negatively thigmotropic – the roots instead grow away from objects in the ground, so as to grow more freely. Thigmotropism in this case overrides gravitropism – movement and growth influenced by gravity – causing the roots to be able to grow upwards if necessary.

Some insects can be thigmotropic as well. The earwig is thigmotropic, which means it likes touch and will try to creep into tight spaces all the time. Although the assumption that earwigs get into people’s ears is largely an urban myth, their thigmotropism does cause them to crawl across human skin more than non-thigmotropic insects.

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Kiwifruit use up more than their own weight in aviation fuel getting from New Zealand to Europe.


Foeniculum Vulgare or Fennel

According to Andrew Marshall’s writings on Burma in The Trouser People, the Burmese idiom, “Excuse me sir, but I see your department store is open, even on weekends,” means, “Your fly is open.”

Finocchio (fennel) is Italian street slang for a homosexual.

Sheep are castrated without breaking the skin.

Andrew Graham-Dixon discovered that the painter Caravaggio accidentally killed Ranuccio Tomassoni on a tennis court. He was merely attempting to cut off his testicles.


Pantyology examines the role of female psychology in the selection of women’s underwear. The informal study of pantyology reveals the female’s underlying motivations behind the choice of her garments and uncovers personality-linked secrets. The main categories are:

Polarized Chat-box
Never one to shy away from confrontation. She can be quite passionate in your point of view, taking a deeply entrenched black-or-white stance, but her desire to be right often causes strain in your relationships. She wants to be perceived as tough, but you’re quite sensitive, and secretly playful. While she has a strong sense of order, she would love to experience a spontaneous moment of excitement, a chance to break free from your boundaries, challenge herself, and escape in a new adventure.

Porcelain Duchess
She reveals her conservative nature, more specifically; her fear to take risks. She has grown up quickly and she is wise beyond her years. Behind her culture and well-mannered refinements, she seeks an escape from the mundane courtesies, from your social obligations, and more importantly, from your day-to-day life. While planning and playing it safe are the hallmarks of your personality, she is secretly aroused by danger, thrill-seeking, and reckless experiences. However, it’s healthy, and at times, necessary to step out of a comfort zone and take chances. How else can she experience growth and personal development if she doesn’t attempt to broaden her horizons?

The Pink Snowflake
Soft and delicate, unpredictable and fickle. Delicate to the touch, she is intemperate, turning into ice at a frosty encounter or melting in the face of a warm gaze. She has a sense of quality and refinement. She also has a strong desire to have a meaningful life, a sense of purpose, and to help others. She has chosen to give up your personal freedom and deny herself the power to take control and dictate what she wants for herself. She has a sense of quality and refinement. She also has a strong desire to have a meaningful life, a sense of purpose, and to help others. She has much to offer.

Velvet Dissonance
She is suave at pinpointing weakness with her bewitching charm as she evade suspicion in the pursuit of her heart’s delight. She is not interested in sweet nothings, homely comforts, kind words or gentle caresses: she would rather squeeze and slither in a writhing fit of passion.

Adventurous, thrill-seeking on the edge of her dangerous liaisons, she loves challenges, but her greatest rival is yourself, choosing image and façade over form and function, remaining anonymous to your identity in the face of her persona. A mystery wrapped in an enigma? More like a suit candy-coated with an agenda.

The Deadly Heroine
She pierces hearts like a needle full of adrenaline, stimulating her lovers with the sheer confidence to conquer anything or anyone–including her. If she has chosen these superhero panties, then she has decided to play the role of a deadly heroine, a seductress who inspires dizzying highs and trembling lows.

In her day to day activities, she is a leader, a rescuer, she has the need to do it all, but her impulsive drives and your natural inclination to assume full control of any and all tasks, exhibits a sign of distrust in others. She has a low frustration tolerance, easily angered by very minor annoyances because all aspects of her life are impossible to manage and navigate according to your perception of how her life “should” be lived. In relationships, she is easily seduced by the victim, who plays upon your need to feel needed, but over time, she transforms into the victim herself, and rather than rescue, she ends up harming those closest to her heart.

Scarlet Snow White
Happy Halloween! She’s chosen to be the so-called “Scarlet Snow White”. The costume lingerie reveals that she enjoys being the envy of others, setting the gold standard of achievement, while bewitching and seducing her lovers with the desire to rescue her from her wild and reckless self. She is impulsive, chasing the next fantasy to satisfy her fairytale delusions, searching for a “perfect” relationship that doesn’t exist, while discarding any and every potential prince charming who doesn’t measure up to her unrealistic expectations.

Rightfully Naughty
The Rightfully Naughty personality is quality controlled and clinically obsessed. Her choice of costume lingerie reveals her cautious side, playing it safe, taking the necessary time to assess and analyse information in painstaking detail before she makes a decision. She prizes etiquette, social values, and common courtesies, but secretly, she delights in breaking barriers and crossing boundaries that would otherwise be considered taboo and forbidden. In spite of her conservative facade, she has a strong sense of adventure, revelling in new opportunities that promise to stimulate her personal and professional growth. At times she can appear aloof, somewhat detached, and disengaged, however, her natural individuality inspires curiosity in others. At times, she can be intimidating and somewhat reserved, but people tend to enjoy her company, and over time, her integrity earns the trust and respect of those around her. In relationships, she can be somewhat particular, making pesky demands, trying to get all the pieces to fit perfectly together.

Hotshot Siren
The Hotshot Siren aims to turns heads and capture hearts! If this is her choice of costume lingerie, she is not a team player. The games she plays ensure that she are the centre of attention. Competitive by nature, she’ll bend and massage every rule that results with her on top. Highly opinionated, she has a strong sense of right and wrong, but she is also averse to conflict. Rather than confront difficult situations, she will keep quiet, tracking every situation that justifies her vengeful vindications. She flaunts, flirts, teases, and breaks hearts along her chaotic path towards disaffection. A woman of absolutes, she seeks the silver bullet – the one answer – the perfect mate – to solve her unsatisfied life.

Aeriel Gravity
If this is her costume lingerie, her romantic heights are an oscillating Aeriel Gravity, shifting between carefree whims and an inherent need for structure. She has a strong sense of style, very opinionated, detailed, and true to her exacting standards. There are times, however, when she is easily swayed by a honeyed tongue and a seductive smile. She loves to be pursued and desired. She craves recognition and approval. But beware: her need for positive reinforcement may result in unscrupulous people taking advantage of her kind nature.

Coquettish Schoolgirl
Her costume lingerie reveals her playful and manipulative nature, always acting innocent and naive but very cunning and skilfully seductive. Quite driven, always focused on her wants, she demand to finish on top! She can be difficult to satisfy, and frankly, she are very insatiable. At times her ambition may irritate others because her perpetual dissatisfaction may be interpreted as a form of ingratitude. She is the envy of her associates because they can’t keep up with her. In spite of her natural tendencies to thrive and succeed, she constantly put too much pressure on herself, and as a result, there is a part of her that seeks an escape.