Saturday, April 22, 2006
Status Anxiety

Status anxiety, it is suggested, is more common than ever in today's wealthy western societies because there is so much more to envy. "A sharp decline in actual deprivation may - paradoxically - have been accompanied by a continuing and even increased sense of deprivation and a fear of it,"

The more access we have to material goods, the more our expectations grow - someone somewhere is having a better, more exclsuive experience. Remember that Frazier episode in the healthclub?

Ref: Alain de Botton, see here