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Asceticism

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.

Asceticism
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Asceticism. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/asceticism/