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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, well documented book. A must read!, December 19, 2011
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This review is from: Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy (Hardcover)
I highly recommend Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy to readers of all ages from teenage to senior citizens. Dr. Robert's book is very well written and documented. The chapters in the book are based on painstaking research that backs up the book's contents.

The book integrates material from the fields of marketing, psychology, and finance in a way that makes it fun to read and practical in numerous ways. I was especially intrigued by the topic of compulsive buying and the problems that it can cause. It was eye-opening to read that compulsive buyers are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and other impulsive disorders in addition to having negative feelings about themselves and their lives in general. I also found the discussion concerning product placement in movies and in TV and radio shows quite interesting. The shiny objects are truly hiding in plain sight. If people in a popular movie are drinking a particular soft drink, then it must be good. These are but two examples of a multitude of interesting findings presented in the book. I like how Roberts ends the book by presenting ways an individual can successfully alter his/her behavior to get out of the rut of compulsive buying, out of control spending, and living from paycheck-to-paycheck.

Whether you are looking for something to read for pleasure and/or you could benefit from the knowledge and advice provided in this book, Shiny Objects is well worth the purchase price.
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