Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HEDONISTIC ESCALATOR


                                                                             



As a writer I find the development of language and unique and quirky words and phrases interesting.   I wonder if you can guess what the title of this post refers to.   Maybe a one way ride from the parking garage to the world's best shopping mall?

No, the term refers to the need for a person to keep increasing the thrill level to get the same satisfaction as the initial indulgence provided.    

This is similar to the inevitable behaviours of the winners of large lottery prizes.   Despite protestations of plans to pay off the mortgage and credit card debits, inevitably these individuals start to purchase more and more expensive luxury items.   What thrilled them initially, no longer thrills them and they need to spend more and more extravagantly in an attempt to feel the enjoyment they once felt.

Maybe I can work this term into my current work in progress!

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