When is sociality congruent with self-care?

Rebecca K. Ratner, Nicole You Jeung Kim, Yuechen Wu

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Kumar and Epley (2023) argue that people underinvest in spending time, effort, and money on other people, and that consumers' own well-being would improve from increased “sociality.” We pose two questions to enhance understanding of the relationship between sociality and efforts to benefit one's own well-being: (1) when will other-oriented consumption promote versus hinder consumers' own well-being, and (2) what leads consumers to embrace versus forego efforts to improve their well-being (i.e., self-care) that does not involve sociality? We propose that the degree to which the consumer is concerned about incorporating others' preferences, the magnitude of resources involved, and the temporal dynamics of consumption will be relevant factors in addressing these two questions. Future research to explore the proposed three factors and other factors will be important for consumers who seek to improve their well-being as well as marketers who seek to promote it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consumer Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • happiness and well-being
  • impression management
  • social influence and norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Marketing


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