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    Default Money & Materialism.

    Is it primarily a type thing where some people just don't value money and or most possessions as much as others? Or is it just me?

    When it comes to materialism theres only two things I own that I wouldn't part with. My car, and my computer. Both I value as key tools that enable me to do what I want when I want. As for the rest, *shrugs* if someone I knew mentioned in passing that they needed something, and I had it chances are I'd give them mine. I just don''t really seem to care, if I ever need it again I'll replace it.

    The same goes for money, the only time I'm concerned with money is when what I make doesn't cover what I need, otherwise I could care less as to whether I'm rich or poor. I'll lend money to people who need it not really caring if they give it back or not.
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    I read the other day that Se functions if uncontrolled can lead to very materialistic tendencies. Would that make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Is it primarily a type thing where some people just don't value money and or most possessions as much as others? Or is it just me?

    When it comes to materialism theres only two things I own that I wouldn't part with. My car, and my computer. Both I value as key tools that enable me to do what I want when I want. As for the rest, *shrugs* if someone I knew mentioned in passing that they needed something, and I had it chances are I'd give them mine. I just don''t really seem to care, if I ever need it again I'll replace it.

    The same goes for money, the only time I'm concerned with money is when what I make doesn't cover what I need, otherwise I could care less as to whether I'm rich or poor. I'll lend money to people who need it not really caring if they give it back or not.
    This may seem really naive for me to say this, but most people are like this to some extent.

    I lend/give small amounts of money to people I know, without caring if the pay me back. I used to do the same with strangers, and give freely to charity when asked. However, I don't want to support pan-handling, and I found out that many of the so-called charities are frauds. So now I give food to pan-handlers (it would take more work to trade it for booze), and choose particular charities that I trust.

    Large amounts of money is another matter.

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    things come, things go.

    I can let go of pretty much anything. And for a couple of years, even lived life pretty much as a minimalist, but I must confess that I'm a pack rat who values, and consequently holds on to, a variety of odd things which have no monetary value, yet for reasons still unknown to me, must be kept.

    This is why I love camping or traveling, living life with only the material weight of a backpack is quite liberating.

    After all, "the things you own, end up owning you"

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    I would say that my mother (ESFJ) and my father (ISTP) are pretty materialistic people. My mom can't pass up a good Sale (75% and higher) and my dad just wants random expensive things at random times (like a new truck and boat). I personally am not. Of course, I like any other person like nice things, but I can live without them. I see money as a means of security and not as a means to buy things, if that makes sense. I deposit all my paychecks and rarely spend my money just in case an emergency happens. Sometimes my mom has to force me to buy things that I don't really need (like an iPod). I don't mind spending my money on friends though.

    One time I spent an entire paycheck for x-rays and surgery for a kitten I found on the side of the road whose leg was run over. They ended up having to amputate it and I found a student where my mom works that wanted to keep it. I believe I spent about $200+ on all of it, but I just couldn't stand by and watch it suffer.

    Many of my NF friends and I agree that "money is nothing". It's pretty frustrating for me because my mom measures my future success by the amount of money I will make with the career I choose. Success to her is a big house and a nice car. Success to me is spending my life with someone special and helping others (hence me wanting to be a professor at a University while my mom thinks I should be a Lawyer/Doctor or something like that).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Is it primarily a type thing where some people just don't value money and or most possessions as much as others? Or is it just me?

    When it comes to materialism theres only two things I own that I wouldn't part with. My car, and my computer. Both I value as key tools that enable me to do what I want when I want. As for the rest, *shrugs* if someone I knew mentioned in passing that they needed something, and I had it chances are I'd give them mine. I just don''t really seem to care, if I ever need it again I'll replace it.

    The same goes for money, the only time I'm concerned with money is when what I make doesn't cover what I need, otherwise I could care less as to whether I'm rich or poor. I'll lend money to people who need it not really caring if they give it back or not.
    I'm the same. Though I wish I could be as noble and saving-like as Wedekit, I do spend some on myself for things like video games. But even the cosplay and the conventions is more geared to going and making people smile. Most of my spending money goes to buying food when I'm out with friends.

    Most people think I'm too naive and trusting with lending stuff or giving it away... I just figure that they need it more than I do, and, like you said, if I want it again I can always replace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Is it primarily a type thing where some people just don't value money and or most possessions as much as others? Or is it just me?

    When it comes to materialism theres only two things I own that I wouldn't part with. My car, and my computer. Both I value as key tools that enable me to do what I want when I want. As for the rest, *shrugs* if someone I knew mentioned in passing that they needed something, and I had it chances are I'd give them mine. I just don''t really seem to care, if I ever need it again I'll replace it.

    The same goes for money, the only time I'm concerned with money is when what I make doesn't cover what I need, otherwise I could care less as to whether I'm rich or poor. I'll lend money to people who need it not really caring if they give it back or not.
    Hmm... I'm a little odd. I tend to hold on to everything that isn't broken unless I'm offered money in exchange. It's like I don't want to lose something I might need. If someone asks me for money and I have it on me, I can't help but give it to them. So I get around this by carrying as little money on my person as I can, so that I can honestly say, "I don't have anything on me, sorry." I feel guilty if I'm carrying money but don't give it to them, but not if I didn't have it with me.

    I'm constantly alert when people are in my home. It's like on some level I'm afraid they'll mess something up, or steal something when they think I'm not looking. I guess I put a lot of value into the things I own. I know I shouldn't, but I tend to.

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    I didn't mind having very little and living on the edge when I was young. Now that I'm getting older, I find I want more security and have learned that I do appreciate certain material luxuries. I am also thinking a lot about retirement now and adamantly do not want to be an impoverished elderly person. I find, however, that even in this more materialistic state, I'm leaps and bounds behind my peers in caring about stuff.
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    It's a tricky one. I can see how being rich could be beneficial, as it allow me to experience and participate in things that I never was able to before. But I'd also see it as a burden, as I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a clue what to do with all of it, or how to manage it.

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    I also see money as a means to security, not to collect things I don't need. I do own a few nice things, but most people in my age/income bracket own a LOT more. I own enough clothing to get me by. I am kind of hooked on HDTV. But I doubt I'll ever buy a new car.
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