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  • The Real Reasons We Buy

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    What goes through your mind before buying something? The price? How beneficial it will be in your life? Carl Richards of the New York Times examines this issue further:

    Before we buy something we tell ourselves stories.

    We are particularly fond of the story that goes like this:  We have researched all the options, and the decision we have made represents that best one we could make given the facts. Just the cold, hard facts.

    Of course, that story isn’t really true.

    And we make up other stories as well, many of which have absolutely nothing to do with the actual facts. We create these stories to help ourselves feel good about a decision we have already made.

    For instance, many times we actually reverse the process. We decide what we want, often for emotional reasons, and then we go looking for evidence to support the decision. As we are gather the evidence, we carefully omit anything that doesn’t fit into the story we’re writing.

    This is so easy to do you could say that it’s natural to us. We don’t really have the time to consider every single option. If you did, you would never get past your closet in the morning. So we take shortcuts. We decide what we want and then gather a few facts to prove to ourselves, our spouse and our family or friends that we did the right thing.

    When it comes to spending money, one of the stories we like to tell ourselves is that we aren’t just spending. This item is actually an investment. It’s an investment in ourselves and our quality of life, or an investment that will actually save us money over the long run.

    Read more at The New York Times

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