A form of self-discipline, often religiously motivated, based on the virtue of renunciation. Living an ascetic lifestyle involves giving up various worldly pleasures, such as sexual activity, overeating, or material gain.
Example: A successful investment analyst gives up his Manhattan penthouse and retires to a small town where he can avoid the intense stimulation of city life.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Asceticism. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/asceticism/