Recently someone asked me this question and while the topic may not seem “politically correct” as we usher into the holiday shopping season, it is an important one to consider. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday intensify and legitimize the extremes of shopping for most shoppers, obscuring it in those who actually struggle. The compulsive buying of Shopaholics, however, is not seasonal.
How do you know if you are a Shopaholic?
Ask yourself these questions:
If you have answered Yes to one or more of these questions there is a good chance that you have a problem. The bottom line in determining if you are a shopaholic is that shopping impacts your life in an increasingly negative way and — you can’t stop!
You’re Are Not Alone
In A Review of Compulsive Buying Disorder, Donald Black reports in 2007 that compulsive buying is found in industrialized countries worldwide with a prevalence of 5.8% in the US. That is at least 17 million people. This year, Psychology Today reports 18 million Americans – 1 in 20, has a retail habit that puts them in some jeopardy.
Who are These People?
According to April Land Benson author of To Buy or Not Buy, shopaholics can be anyone. Whereas the evidence has suggested that 80% to 90% are women, there is increasing evidence that men are as likely to have a shopping problem – they just shop for different things like sporting equipment, electronics or automobile accessories as opposed to clothes, shoes and jewelry.
The actual profile of the shopaholic or compulsive shopper is not a set picture. The desperate use of shopping cuts across cultural lines and socioeconomic levels. It includes a teacher who never opened the boxes of her countless on-line J Crew purchases; the senior citizen who filled his home with garage sale radios, TV’s and specialized tools; the businessman with escalating online art purchases; and the wealthy suburbanite with an ever growing collection of rarely used handbags and shoes.
Shopping as Addiction
How Do I Stop Addictive Shopping?
Suggestions for This Holiday Season
As you head into this shopping season, consider these possibilities for making your Holiday a happier one:
A small step toward controlling shopping – may be the biggest gift of all!!
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