What You Need to Know Before Buying Anything for Your Home

If you talk to a brick-loving bachelor, he would give an argument that buying bricks is much cheaper than buying the same thing in the form of polished and painted plastic. Besides, where else can you find such a high level of durability? But if you ask the home owner with five children who’s thinking how much it will cost him to repair his house after each rainy season, then it’ll be completely indifferent for him whether or not the item was made up of bricks.

So what do we buy in materialistic world? What attracts us and why we buy certain things for our home when offered with other options at similar price? The answer to this question usually depends on two factors: desire and need . Whether these factors are present in us psychologically?

Desire is a strong wish to get something. It can be anything, but it all starts with the impression, which we get from observing an object or information about it. Sometimes desire arises spontaneously, without our awareness; sometimes it requires special attention and specific conditions (for example, knowledge of what this thing is like). Desire can be either conscious (we’re aware of its existence) or subconscious (when the desire manifests itself instead of our words or actions). Desire can be pretty much controllable – you decide whether you want that item or not; desire may also manifest itself in physical sensations accompanying your need.

Borrowing from other cultures ideas about material things isn’t always successful. So before buying anything for your home keep these facts in mind.

I believe you were thinking whether to read the rest of this article or not. If yes, then it means that desire has already led its way into your life. So let’s move on to need , which is less whimsical than desire . What do we mean when we say “need”? We use this word when referring to physical needs (hunger , thirst , sex ) and physiological ones (breathing, seeing, feeling). But sometimes even psychological needs can be absolute – for example, one might need something just because other people have it; for example, rich parents buy their children expensive things much more often than poor ones because they feel that they owe them something just because others have; this is psychological need.

These are the main reasons why we buy things for our home – desire and need are closely connected to one another, but they are not always equal. Sometimes only physical needs arise (for example, you need a new dress because the old one was torn); sometimes desires can be completely irrelevant to your real life (we’re talking about people who want to have 500 designer suits in their wardrobes). So if you feel that you’re making an unnecessary purchase , then it means that desire has got into action at the wrong moment . If you still think that this item will make your life better, then do not hesitate to take it.



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