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Why are we so attached to our things? - Christian Jarrett


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After witnessing the “violent rage” shown by babies whenever deprived of an item they considered their own, Jean Piaget – a founding father of child psychology – observed something profound about human nature: Our sense of ownership emerges incredibly early. But why do we become so attached to things? Christian Jarrett details the psychology of ownership.

The “endowment effect” describes our tendency to:

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Christian Jarrett
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Illustrator Avi Ofer
  • Composer Marcos Tawil
  • Sound Designer Marcos Tawil
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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