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  • Sam DiFranco

COMPULSIVE SHOPPING

People with compulsive spending or also know as oniomania often invest excessive time and resources to shop. They may not know what need they are trying to fill, but the compulsion to buy is still strong.

Compulsive spending is a mental state, however it is treatable.

How to be aware of compulsive spending:

  1. obsess over shopping

  2. Being unable to cut back in shopping

  3. Buying so much it takes a toll on other responsibilities

  4. Shopping to improve mood

Research has shown that extroverts are more than likely to deal with compulsive spending because it enhances the social status.

The truth about compulsive shoppers

These people often use shopping an emotion-regulation strategy. They may shop to reduce negative feelings or to enhance and prolong positive ones. It is equivalent to getting a sense of euphoria when spending and dealing with the guilt later.

Although compulsive spending is addicting, it can also lead to hoarding. For this reason, therapy is recommended. If you or a loved one is struggling with shopping addiction, give star point counseling center a try- located in Tampa, fl and Brandon, fl.

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