To some, the word “shop” will make you want to grab your handbag and run out the door in search of the best sale. We all have different reasons for shopping. You might go shopping as a form to treat yourselves for all the hard work you’ve done, you might shop out of necessity, or from an emotional need.
Some people drown out their sorrows while they are shopping. Other people might be impulsive and have to have the latest styles of every item. And for some, there is a sad reality of not being able to stop. For many it silences something, it takes them to a place of happiness that they can’t get anywhere else.
The shopping experience can be good as well as bad. For some just looking at styles, and then trying them on is enough. For some they are just not content with one or two items, they will buy as much as possible and justify it by saying how much money they have saved.
The easiest way to tell how someone’s shopping experience went is to go to a restaurant that is close to a mall. This will set the scene of the shopping experience for that particular day.
In one corner of the room you see two dear friends, discussing their fabulous finds for the day. They catch up on everything and discuss the upcoming summer styles. At the table on the other side of the room, there sits a woman who is sad, but came in to grab something to eat. She is upset with herself as she had promised herself to lose some weight to fit into a dress for an upcoming special occasion. She was not successful; she had actually gained a couple of pounds, so trying on clothes today was a bit of a challenge for her today. But she ordered, and found her comfort in her food.
Then you have Alex who is still on her high from shopping. She is the equivalent of someone who has had one too many lattes. You know, had to have one in every color item that they had. She is the one whose bubble will burst when she gets home and reality sets in. She had overspent, but could not control herself. She lives for the moment but regrets it later.
We all have things we like; we also have our special occasions which we want to look perfect for. But there is a line, and there is also reason. It is when you cross the line, or the line becomes very blurred, that issues arise.
Are you an emotional shopper? Does the sale price real you in? Can you walk away from a deal if you are not in need of that particular item? Do you shop to shop, or does it fill a need or a void?
Here is a quiz that might help you detect if you have an issue with shopping. http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/test-274328.html
Here is also a link to help you as well. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/shopping-spree-addiction
Here is another resource for you. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-ways-to-beat-your-shopping-addiction/
If you or anyone you know might need help with this issue, please call a therapist in your area. Thank you.