In materialul „Money or mental health: the cost of alleviating psychological distress with monetary compensation versus psychological therapy”, Health Economics Policy and Law, 2009, doi specialisti in psihologie sustin o concluzie plauzibila: consilierea psihologica este de zeci de ori mai eficienta in imbunatatirea starii de bine decat primirea unor cresteri consistente de bani.
Intr-un rezumat facut pe saitul Science Daily se arata:
„Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick and Alex Wood of the University of Manchester compared large data sets where 1000s of people had reported on their well-being. They then looked at how well-being changed due to therapy compared to getting sudden increases in income, such as through lottery wins or pay rises. They found that a 4 month course of psychological therapy had a large effect on well-being. They then showed that the increase in well-being from an £800 course of therapy was so large that it would take a pay rise of over £25,000 to achieve an equivalent increase in well-being. The research therefore demonstrates that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money.”
Asadar, o terapie psihologica tinuta timp de 4 luni are aceleasi efecte pentru psihicul uman ca si o cresterea a salariului cu 25.000 lire sterline. Ce concluzie tragem de aici? Aceea ca fericirea umana poate fi obtinuta prin mijloace mult mai la indemana si mai putin costisitoare, financiar si din punct de vedere al resurselor, decat consumerismul actual.
Din nou, cei de la Science Daily puncteaza corect:
„Governments pursue economic growth in the belief that it will raise the well-being of its citizens. However, the research suggests that more money only leads to tiny increases in happiness and is an inefficient way to increase the happiness of a population. This research suggests that if policy makers were concerned about improving well-being they would be better off increasing the access and availability of mental health care as opposed to increasing economic growth. This research helps to highlight how relatively ineffective extra income is at raising well-being.”
Culmea ironiei, in ultimii 50 de ani de isterie consumista, nu numai ca fericirea nu a crescut, dar numarul de bolnavi psihici s-a marit exponential. Din chiar materialul celor doi psihologi, aflam ca „Mental health is deteriorating across the world – improvements to mental health care might be a more efficient way to increase the health and happiness of our nations than pure income growth.”