Thinking a highly-priced item is better than a medium or low-cost item is called the Veblen Effect.
It's an assumption made based on our inability to afford it and that it's scarce and limited.
It's not necessarily a truth.
You're paying for the belief that this is better than something else and that there's less of it and thus, that you are more unique.
Sometimes it's true - a Ferrari can do things a Honda can't.
Sometimes it's not - many luxury clothes are made in the same factory as low-cost items.
We ‘buy’ into a narrative around cost but we don’t always – maybe even seldom – get more value for money. What you’re actually purchasing is a feeling. A feeling of exclusivity. A feeling of being special. We pay to feel extraordinary, unique, superior, better than…
But we all bleed the same; we’re all capable of heartbreak; we all worry; we all need connection; we all cry; we all want happiness; we all love and need love in return; we all want to feel safe.
Maybe it’s not so bad to be like everyone else…
What's the story you’re telling yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
Remember though, with whatever you read online, take what you like and leave the rest because it's your life and, therefore, your choice of how to live it.
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - make kind choices and stay flawsome! Don’t forget, you’re fucking brilliant!
(This was written by a human – a dyslexic one at that! Yay!)
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