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Greed is a desire to not be satisfied with what we have and desire to have more. This is a basic human desire. We want to do more, get more, achieve more, reach better heights, and leave more for our children and family. Greed drives us because, without it, we will get content with what we have and may not grow in life. However, consistent dissatisfaction with what we have led to an unfulfilled life, and negative psychology. It has been proven that such greed results in an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression.
Most people readily recognize instances of greed. For example, greedy people are always first in line for food and drinks at a party, repeatedly complain about their salaries (even after getting a pay-raise), and continuously buy more stuff they do not need. Common to such observations is that greedy people seem to be dissatisfied with their current state of affairs and that for them enough never seems to be enough. On the other hand, in our everyday lives, we also encounter many people who seem anything but greedy. Such people are satisfied with what they have and who they are. They know when to be happy and to stop striving for more.
Greed is more of a root cause for some of the recognized mental health conditions, rather than a mental health condition itself. However, some recent works in the field of Psychology use the Greed scale to identify a “Greed Personality“. It is hard to accept that we are greedy, because, those of us who are greedy, actually believe that it is for a greater good and that our pursuits are fair.
Furthermore, envy and greed go hand in hand. That is alongside desiring more, we tend to despise and hate people who have more than us.
About the Scale
Greed Scale© (HGS©) helps you assess your greed in three prime factors:-
- Retention motivation: Increased levels of loss aversion, where individuals want to keep what they have.
- Desire for more
- The insatiable pursuit for more.
The current test is an adaptation of the HGS scale. However, the actual test questions are embedded into compound statements and the questions are randomized in order to break any patterns associated with the test-taking. Biological, pathological, and Neurobiological factors are added based on Lyfas AI&ML data collaboration and mining results and have is purely Lyfas innovation and addition.
Test results are also developed based on our internal test-retest, and internal consistency tests.
About the Reliability of the Test
HGS model indicated strong reliability (α = .943) and strong internal consistency across factors (Factor 1 [19.27% variance]: a = .949; Factor 2 [18.58% variance]: a =.935; Factor 3 [21.25% variance]: a = .963).
What if I have a High Greed Scale?
If you see some of the biological symptoms along with a high greed scale, then you must work on your greed aspects. One of the ways to control your greed is to redirect your energy from the external locus of control to a more internal locus of control. From objects to emotions, and from validation to awareness, you have to transform your energy. In case, you realize that you are struggling with your greed and want to take control of your greed, and life, please take Lyfas Service:-
 Lambie, Glenn W., and Jaimie Stickl Haugen. “Heintzelman Greed Scale©(HGS©) Theoretical Framework and Item Development.”
 Krekels, Goedele, and Mario Pandelaere. “Dispositional greed.” Personality and Individual Differences 74 (2015): 225-230.
This test is not meant to diagnose any clinical condition. This test is provided as-is for self-assessment, understanding, and mental wellbeing. Acculi Labs Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore, and Lyfas take no responsibility for the harm arising from taking the test, including but not limited to hypochondriasis, trauma, any pathological developments or events, and any mental health conditions. By taking the test you agree to not hold Acculi Labs Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore and Lyfas not responsible for any harm or damage.