Our possessions, our selves: Domains of self-worth and the possession–self link

  title={Our possessions, our selves: Domains of self-worth and the possession–self link},
  author={R. Ferraro and Jennifer Edson Escalas and J. Bettman},
  journal={Journal of Consumer Psychology},
The extent to which a possession is linked to self is a critical determinant of whether a possession elicits grief if lost. We propose a framework for understanding the formation of the possession–self link, arguing that a possession's ability to represent the important domains on which a person bases her self-worth affects the possession–self link. We also show that dispositional tendencies to incorporate possessions into the self moderate this relationship, while the monetary value of the… Expand

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