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Are you or do you know consumption-obsessed i.e. addictive or compulsive buyers, must-have fashion victims or acquisitive materialists?
This is a classic path to financial problems of increasing magnitude.
Identifiable behavior – excessive, uncontrolled and often impulsive buying of many kinds of products which may never be worn or use. Compelled to go to all sales, spend hours online shopping or in mall
The vast majority of these are women who come from all social backgrounds.
Shopaholics are addicted to, specific forms of consumerism because it offers a sort of psychological crutch. “To have is to be” “You are what you eat, wear drive”. Material goods are fashion statements and value statements.
According to Researchers several factors lead to compulsive shopping.
Possessions fill the gap – reduce the discrepancy, offer compensation or repair. Certain goods are high on the must-have list for compulsive shoppers – clothes, body care, shoes, electrical, leisure goods.
Material values – Materialists believe that possessions are the key to self-definition and happiness.
Express anger/Seek revenge – punishing spouse, parents, friends, children.
Cling on to love to prevent abandonment.
Clutch on to people.
Soothe oneself or repair moods – Retail Therapy.
Is there ‘Cure’? Yes! Examine precisely what you are shopping for. Is it self-indulgence, self-care or self-respect?
Ask Why am I here? How do I feel? Do I need this? What if I wait? Where will I put it?
How will I pay for this?
Core issue… BECOME financially fit. Learn how to save, buy less using credit cards, prioritize!!
Short term pain – Long term happiness security peace of mind.