Are you a shopaholic?


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Published: November 30, 2015 by Patch Welling

Buy now, Pay later!” “Buy 1 get 1 free!” “Buy 3 for the price of 2!

With Christmas around the corner, there seems to be a spending frenzy, promotional taglines are everywhere, on shop windows, in store, online and offline.  We cannot get away without seeing taglines such as these to tempt us to spend spend spend.  I don’t know about those with oniomania (compulsive shopping), but sometime I find it hard to resist a bargain.

We all love to shop and spend money – also known as ‘Retail Therapy’ – but this is becoming problematic for many, especially women.

I hold my hand up to impulse buying because it was on a deal.  In my closet, there are items of clothing still unworn and with label.  I would go as far as admitting that I have hidden some clothing item that I have purchased from my partner.  Does this make me compulsive?

In today’s world, we are encouraged to spend by everyone and eye catchy adverts with hip-hop tunes make us hook, line and sinker.  We are baits to the sellers and retailers.  Even seeing our family and friends with new ‘things’, make us want it too. Is this so that we fit in with the current trend?

Shopping used to stop when the shops closed, but nowadays, the availability of the internet online stores such as eBay, Amazon and many other retailers have become available 24/7.  Shopping never sleeps. You can shop as much as you like which is a nightmare scenario for the compulsive shoppers.

Shopping addiction can ruin lives and like other form of addiction, there will be progressive loss of control, increasing obsession and compulsion, secrecy and significant damage to finances and relationships.

If you think you are a compulsive shopper or know someone that you are concerned about, take control and give me a call. I can offer one-to-one psychotherapeutic sessions to curve your spending habits.  I will adopt a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to effectively help you to change your shopping addict and find another coping strategy to the underlying uncomfortable feelings.