The evolutionary role of scarcity probably should have been included more, and the function of abundance should have been given greater play in general, there is a bit too much of some information, and not quite enough of other types that would have made the arguments more complete.
The tendrils of scarcity reach too deep into the mind poor people need more money, not self-help tricks the overall result is a rather odd but ultimately humane and very welcome book.
Scarcity: why having too little means so much two dominant views of behavior under poverty rational choice view (our mind has a life of its own) friends water money food scarcity is top of mind water juice soda thirst chair friends trees talking.
What we often consider a part of people’s basic character—an inability to learn, a propensity to anger or impatience—may well be a product of their feeling of scarcity if any of us were similarly situated, we might end up with a character a lot like theirs an insidious problem is that scarcity produces more scarcity it creates its own trap. In this exclusive excerpt of scarcity: why having too little means so much, harvard economist sendhil mullainathan and princeton psychologist eldar shafir explore the concept of scarcity: its ubiquity, its challenges, and its silver lining sendhil was grumbling to eldar he had more to-dos than.
This is why we use the word capture when describing how scarcity focuses the mind this phenomenon is not specific to hunger one study finds that when subjects are thirsty, they are much quicker (again at the level of tens of milliseconds) to recognize the word water. Scarcity, the latest of the post-kahneman adventures into this behaviourist world, comes with a quoted tribute from the master: the finest combination of heart and head that i have seen in our field some of that dichotomy is a result of this book being a collaboration between another distinguished double act: a harvard economist and a princeton psychologist.
Unpacking the scarcity mind-set: why having too little means so much they explore the why behind the scarcity mind-set by using academic studies, anecdotes and vignettes “scarcity: why.