Most people form emotional attachments to some of their possessions – be it a car, smartphone, or favorite memorabilia. Yet psychologists have only started to uncover the complex emotional processes that underlie people’s attachment to inanimate objects. Veteran journalist Francine Russo summarizes some of the most recent findings in this niche of social psychology for Scientific American. If you have ever bought something to fill an emotional void or wondered why losing a treasured object can cause such intense emotional distress, getAbstract believes that this article will provide you with some answers.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why objects can act as substitutes for close personal relationships;
- Why humans sometimes treat objects as if they were infused with human spirit; and
- How attachment to objects can become a debilitating disorder.
About the Author
Francine Russo is a freelance writer, author and speaker specializing in psychology and behavior.