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asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 month ago

Why do people value their ego and trying to impress others so much? spending money needlessly on "Status symbols"?

whether that be a 100,000 Merceedes or a "perfect yard" that cost 1000s a year to maintain. why they want to impress others? is it about compeetition and "beating people"? or does it really make them happy?

Update:

what do you mean "Validated"?  that you are "Valid"? that you are accepted and "alright"? or is it something more than that?

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    As several similar questions asked by same individual, this one answer fits all--as if three or four answers were given by this same writer (imho).

    Coats of skin constitute our race's vehicles for evolution in a matter cosmos.  These were built of various inputs, including the general mammalian model (gmm).

    Gmm has this neurochemical, evolutionary basis:  herd life good, respect in one's group raises serotonin level, albeit it is rather quickly metabolized, so an enduring symbol for the less-addictive personality = ~ continual replenishment of serotonin.  (Check out your trophy wife for confirmation, if you don't own a fleet of Mercedes.)  The more addictive the personality, imho, the more likelihood of psychopathy and sociopathy.  Dopamine is a second pathway for monitoring pleasure rewards, and is perhaps more likely to induce the "Mercedes Benz" enjoyment complex.  Imho, serotonin *may* be somewhat more linked to group rewards, and dopamine to individual rewards.

    There is a "wikipedia" level of discussion re "addictive personality" which imho is behind the learning curve.  "Wiki" entry does not value nor substantially introduce the research which is lab-rat-based.  Thus the original hypothesis for "addictive personality" is based on notions of personal proclivities, usually including environmental modifying factors.  The more modern research indicates that personalities of rats are similar to humans (why not, mammals?), and may be ideally bifurcated (hello, black and white fallacy) into more adventurous and more cautious.

    Voila, the more adventurous mammals tend to be so from birth, even though e.g. stress may modify either ideal group.  So, four groups of rats created:  two addicted to cocaine, two not; each of the two sets were composed of subsets of adventurous-from-birth and non-adventurous-from-birth rats.

    Then, mRNA metric (to indicate activity in the nucleus accumbens (na), which is a main coordinator of so-called pleasure events (sugar, cocaine, sex, etc.) per its dopamine activity (i.e., measured by mRNA metric). 

    The more adventurous rats in both groups (cocaine-addicted, virginal) showed similar lower-level activity of D2 receptor-producing gene.  The D2 receptors in the na are often physically connected to dopamine-releasing cells in the na, and they are like one's virginal aunt who keeps a lid on the levels of the mammalian woo-hoo dopamine.  Thus, it is even hypothesized that the more inquisitive rats, as a trait from their births, have fewer aunty virginal D2 receptors--hence, the dopamine reward is greater for those adventurous rats, effectually reinforcing if not creating the desire for adventure--fewer D2 receptors, more na dopamine reward, more adventure seeking more reward.

    At a more subtle level, a subpart of a specific histone protein, the subpart affectionately known as H3K9me3, was found to be reducing D2 activity in high-adventure, more susceptible to addition rats.  Likewise, the presence of H3K9me3 correlated (statistically significantly) with relapse behavior in the higher-adventure and cocaine-addicted rat subgroup.

    Further research found another correlation:  addiction-prone rats have significantly higher activity of the gene coding for (i.e., producing) the protein FGF2, a GF (growth factor) which, when given to baby rats, reduces their anxiety behavior, which increases their exploratory behavior, and also increases their likelihood of additive behavior.

    Thus for a human to overcome such biochemically-enhanced addictive behavior is perhaps a greater moral or characterological victory.

    A particular mammal who writes well about such issues is Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning.  Will of course not comment on her beauty, but will note that every woman who holds or earns a high-status herd position makes it that much more problematic for a male mammal to achieve those shiny Mercedes, etc.  One of her books is "I, Mammal:  Why Your Brain Links Status and Happiness;" a later edition (she self-published at first, presumably because a successful woman with something new and valuable to say...oh, nevermind) is retitled, possibly by her editor(s), "I, Mammal:  How to Make Peace with the Animal Urge for Social Power" (self-help sells better).

    So we all like owning fleets of bright, shiny, new blue or red Mercedes (or should--what's wrong with you, man? ;-) which cost us ~ trivial amounts, and "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" is a case study, much like "Snowboarding the Himalayas," which shows some may repurpose their na/D2, etc. situations.  And, of course, when we have shiny new Mercedes, and most of "our herd" or "our crowd" doesn't, hey, our trophy wife looks even better, particularly for those with na/D2-middle ground receptor levels.  If we're more adventurous, we may seek greener pastures across the fence, a more sociopathic shtick.

    A further section of findings which is practical:  depression lowers mitochondrial energy production--a vicious circle; such depression in the na is healed by exercise and by acetyl-L-carnitine, an OTC supplement.  This latter process was proven by a pioneer in mitochondrial research, Dr. Carmen Sandi, who works as a behavioral neuroscientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

    Related:  "Understanding Yourself" by Mark Prophet.

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I like having a nice house and a nice car. I’m not trying to impress anyone. You might like living in a sh1thole and kid your self it’s because you're not trying to impress anyone .

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    WRONG FORUM...AGAIN. This really  belongs in sociology, psychology and / or society & culture, but at least you're not asking another stupid question about parking your pieceofshit '93 Toyota on a hill.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you're going to post the same rant several times, complaining about  how other people behave and perceive themselves, at least learn how to spell Mercedes and competition.

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  • 1 month ago

    It offers validation and temporary satisfaction. That's what the are addicted to. That short lived satisfaction of being validated by others

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