Money and Possessions

Exploring who you are today

By Arlene Harder, MA, MFT and John Fabian, Ph.D.

Influences

"The pleasure of possession, whether we possess trinkets or offspring – or possibly books, or chessmen, or postage stamps – lies in showing these things to friends who are experiencing no immediate urge to look at them.”
— Agnes Repplier


“We possess nothing in the world – a mere chance can strip us of everything – except the power to say “I.””
— Simone Weil


“Spoiled. That’s all it’s about – can’t live without this, can’t live without that. You can live without anything you weren’t born with, and you can make it through on even half of that.”
— Gloria Naylor

Topic Stimulators

  • In what way has money—and the possessions money allows you to buy—been the cause of either happiness or distress in your life?
  • When you consider your possessions and what you own or would like to own, which ones are most ESSENTIAL? That is, which ones do you feel are necessary for you to be happy or satisfied in life and for which you would spend money or energy to buy them before buying anything else?
  • When you consider your possessions and what you own or would like to own, which ones are those you believe are most DESIRABLE? That is, what things would you consider worthwhile spending money and time to have, but would be willing to postpone their purchase until later?
  • How has your attitude toward money and possessions changed over the years?
  • If you knew that America, with less than 5% of the world’s population, consumed more than 25% of the world’s resources, would that encourage you to buy less?