About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Adoption Consumerism

ADOPTEE RAGE!

Wasteful Material Consumption and Child Adoption Industry
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The materialistic demands of the current U.S. culture promotes the buying and selling of adopted children as products for consumption, regardless of the effects to the child product.

The mentality of the average adopter is their demand for cars, diamonds and children or they will buy an adopted child to fulfill their ideology of what they imagine that they want at the time. Like the Walmart shoppers, they want the cheapest price regardless if children or underpaid workers in third world countries made the product, if the product destroys the environment or depletes precious resources. With the acquiring of adopted children the consumers disregard the child's biological parents and family, disregard the damage they will cause to the psychological development to the child as they "paid good money" for their purchase and expect results.

When the purchase of a product is regretted by the consumer, it is returned, considered damaged or fraudulent advertising and the consumer may enter into a lawsuit to recover expenses or simply to save public face. There is no difference with the adoptive parent that has spent at a low $60, 000 upwards to $150,000 in their adoption adventure.

When disappointment sets in, the child product is returned, re-homed or abused by the unhappy adoptive parent that must save public face. As they talked too much about adopting, showed off too often about adopting and does not want to be seen as the self centered angry and disappointed adoptive parent that they have become.

Our greed based society in the U.S. is ruining adopted children at an alarming rates as the adoption lobby safeguards laws and keeps the adoption industry from systematic standardization that would set limits within the adoption industry with rules, regulations, tracking and adoptive parent responsibility for the damage they may inflict.
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Materialism (adj. materialistic) is the excessive desire to acquire and consume material goods. It is often bound up with a value system which regards social status as being determined by affluence. As well as the perception that happiness can be increased through buying, spending and accumulating material wealth. 

Definition

Consumer research typically looks at materialism in two ways. One as a collection of personality traits and one as an enduring belief or value.

Materialism as a personality trait

Belk's conceptualization of materialism includes three original personality traits.
  • Nongenerosity – an unwillingness to give or share possession with others.
  • Envy – desire for other people's possessions.
  • Possessiveness – concern about loss of possessions and a desire for the greater control of ownership.

Materialism as a value

Acquisition centrality is when acquiring material possession functions as a central life goal with the belief that possessions are the key to happiness and that success can be judged by people's material wealth.

Growing materialism in America

In the United States, there is a growing trend of increasing materialism in order to pursue the "good life." Research shows that recent generations are focusing more on money, image, and fame than ever before - especially since the generations of Baby Boomers and Generation X.
In one survey, 1 in 14 Americans would murder someone for 3 million dollars and 65% of respondents said they would spend a year on a deserted island to earn $1 million.

Materialism and happiness

However, an increase in material wealth and goods in America has actually had little to no effect on the well-being and happiness of its people. Skitovsky called this a "joyless economy" in which people endlessly pursue comforts to the detriments of pleasures.
Using two measures of subjective well-being, one study found that materialism was negatively related to happiness, meaning that people who tended to be more materialistic were also less happy. When people derive a lot of pleasure from buying things and believe that acquiring material possessions are important life goals, they tend to have lower life satisfaction scores. Materialism also positively correlates with more serious psychological issues such as depression, narcissism and paranoia.
However, the relationship between materialism and happiness is more complex. The direction of the relationship can go both ways. Individual materialism can cause diminished well-being or lower levels of well-being can cause people to be more materialistic in an effort to get external gratification.
Instead, research shows that purchases made with the intention of acquiring life experiences such as going on a family vacation make people happier than purchases made to acquire material possessions such as a car. Even just thinking about experiential purchases makes people happier than thinking about material ones.

In many critical contexts, consumerism is used to describe the tendency of people to identify strongly with products or services they consume, especially those with commercial brand names and perceived status symbolism appeal, e.g. a luxury car, designer clothing or expensive jewelry. Consumerism can take extreme forms such that consumers sacrifice significant time and income not only to purchase but also to actively support a certain firm or brand.

In 1955, economist Victor Lebow stated:

"today’s consumption is undermining the environmental resource base. It is exacerbating inequalities. And the dynamics of the consumption-poverty-inequality-environment nexus are accelerating. If the trends continue without change — not redistributing from high-income to low-income consumers, not shifting from polluting to cleaner goods and production technologies, not shifting priority from consumption for conspicuous display to meeting basic needs — today’s problems of consumption and human development will worsen." Developing countries like India, as they move down the path of copying the consumption patterns of developed economies, will basically create demands that earth will not be able to fulfill. Some economists talk about putting a price on using earth's resources which is in addition to the cost of just extracting them.