Why Do We Form Strong Attachments to Our Things? The Answer Is Fascinating
Scientists have found that our sense of ownership emerges incredibly early: from a young age, we value things more highly as soon as we own them. In fact, neural studies show that there is a connection between our sense of self and the things we own. These studies help explain why we’re reluctant to part with family heirlooms, and why some people become hoarders. Despite the rise in digital technology, there is still something people find satisfying in holding an object and calling it their own.