2. Spiritual but materialistic
Americans have a reputation for being incredibly materialistic, perennially competing with one another to buy ever bigger and flashier cars, diamonds, and homes. Perhaps the most common stereotype of Americans is that of economic materialism. They may be seen as caring about nothing but money, judging all things by their economic value, and scorning those of lower socioeconomic status. But Americans are also deeply curious about the spiritual – we spent $2 billion on psychic services last year, and $30 billion on “complementary health approaches”, including meditation and energy healing therapy.
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