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The Shrink and The Sage

What do we need?

Children learn young that the best way to get what they want is to claim that they need it. Often they’re being sincere, not manipulative, believing that the latest smartphone really is essential. Convincing ourselves that we are driven by necessities rather than nakedly selfish desire is a habit many of us take into adulthood…

FT Weekend Magazine column (11/12 May)

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