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I Need to Buy This Now: The Truth about Compulsive Buying

I haven’t heard of anyone who doesn’t find pleasure in shopping and buying; well maybe not everyone is totally in love with it but it sure does give you that pleasant and gratifying feeling every time. Though a lot of people have been constantly dealing with shopping issues, the women are the more affected group when it comes to this concern.

Compulsive buying is one of the most battled-with issues when it comes to buying. It occurs when you can no longer delay your gratification and immediately purchase stuff to satisfy your wants. Yes, simply wants. The things that are usually compulsively bought by people are simply unnecessary stuff that they don’t actually need. In other words, they can simply do without it but at the same time, the urge to purchase is too string that before they know it they have already gone out of the store with their hands full.

Take an alcoholic for instance, while it almost becomes impossible for them to stop drinking alcohol, compulsive buyers similarly make it impossible for them to stop buying things that have tremendously caught their attention, plus, they do it in a heartbeat.

The thing about compulsive buying is you later on realize that you really didn’t need to buy those things, or it turned out to be just another meaningless purchase that has become a waste of money.

Compulsive buying has been linked to psychological issues too. Whether it has something to do with the reason why you do compulsive buying or the effect compulsive buying brings to you. Studies show that most people like to indulge in such activity because it gives them a feeling of self-worth which is linked with issues with one’s self-esteem. Some also find this practice as something that medicates their anxiety. Whatever a person’s reason for this, it is clearly unhealthy for anyone.

Often times, compulsive buying becomes a much more severe problem when one’s finances get out of hand. Compulsive splurging may result to increased monetary expenses and in the end result would be having less money than what you need. Does this sound familiar to you?

People may wonder why such behavior becomes an epidemic when the solution for it is simple. Well, it may appear simple to those who are not struggling with it but this is a very difficult issue for people who does it. Some even require professional help to get themselves out of this trap; while some have successfully managed to get themselves out.

Yes, compulsive buying is perhaps one of the best ways to test your self-discipline. When you give yourself a few moments to evaluate and debate whether or not you really need to do the purchase is quite a challenging task for people who do compulsive buying.

However, there is always a remedy for this behavior. If you find yourself becoming more and more uncontrollable everytime, you may want to consider seeking the help of a professional; or if you are maturely and efficiently dealing well with it, you may want to continue practicing self-discipline until such behavior is minimized.

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Shopaholics: We’ve Got The Most Expensive Disease

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Alcoholism and Substance abuse are the two main addictions that come to mind when asked about addiction types. People who suffer from these two kinds of addiction usually catch their family’s attention no matter how they try to hide it.

There is this one kind of addiction that seldom gets the attention of anyone as the society rarely sees it as an addiction – shopping addiction. With a society always aiming for new things – shoes, clothes, cars, and gadgets, you’ll most like not diagnose someone who excessively shops as a person with shopping addiction but rather, as someone rich.

And while drug and alcohol addiction poses negative reputation to people, shopping addiction proves otherwise; in fact, people envy someone who shops everyday and spends incessantly. Most of the time, they perceive people with shopping issues as people who simply have nothing to do with their money, much like how we see celebrities who do the act.  Precisely why shopping addiction is never seen as something negative, well that is if you have all the money to subsidize your addiction.

And what happens if you don’t?

This is where the worse scenario comes in. You see, it is not only the rich people who are affected by the shopping addiction, but also those that don’t actually have the money. At first, they spend with what they can with their money, max out their credit cards and use up their savings. But as the condition worsens, much like any other addiction, satisfaction is no longer achieved with smaller doses, so they go up a higher notch. Shopaholics now borrow money from whoever they can to provide for their shopping needs. And since they could no longer pay for their debt as they payment also is spent in the malls, they run away from people whom they owe money and you know what happens next.

So you see, shopping addiction is much like alcohol and drugs. It also destroys the life of the shopaholic little by little until nothing else is left for him or her. This addiction can severely damage not only the social life of the person but also the physical. The shopaholic’s priority is the shopping, so he/she tends to compromise his/her nutrition for the sake of shopping. Money intended for food is now used to pay for the shopping spree.

It is actually simple, the shopaholic buys and buys until he or she gets nothing left; quite the irony there. Family and friends’ support plays an important role in dealing with this addiction as it is difficult for the addict to stop this addiction. Professional help may also be needed to combat this addiction so do not wait until everything is too late. If you know a loved one or somebody who has this addiction, establish awareness to the person concerned and seek out possible interventions that can help save the life of the affected person.

Shopping addiction is quite an expensive type of addiction, but is your life worth the price to pay?

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