In the shops you determine dates advantage to put lower prices and thereby encourage consumption; a good opportunity to buy the products we need at a lower price, but it is also a trap for those who buy compulsively.
When buying remains a fun activity or to fill a gap, and then turns into a necessity in itself, to buy to buy, we may be a case of shopping addiction. Discover what it is and why it occurs, and especially how to prevent and treat this problem.
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What is the syndrome of compulsive shopping?
Also known as oniomania or shoppingmania syndrome, compulsive shopping is a specific type of behaviour disorder, like adding; by which a person is unable to control his tendencies and impulses that led him to buy. This acquisition may be fixed on a particular object, goods or services so that an overwhelming to acquire all kinds of shoes and handbags, for instance trend has; or may be associated with the fact buy to buy, it is the product.
The people most vulnerable to addiction to shopping is vulnerable youth, who are in a formative stage, and particularly important social acceptance and group membership where cobra, being equal its reference to what is suitable and not.Precisely at this age, particularly in women, it is where most cases of compulsive buying; and especially in those with greater economic possibilities.
The prototype of person who begins to suffer from compulsive shopping addiction young family would be a high or upper middle economic status, do not have to give account for what you spend, usually to shop with women in a similar position, and likes to "look cool" last thing hits the market. So if you see that your child begins to spend more than necessary, sometimes taking money on the sly, and throw it on whims, you have to consider that you may have a problem with compulsive buying.
There may also be a little later, for example if you see that some friend of an age of nearly forty usually buy everything that appears in your artist or famous favourite, and also tries to be fashionable, acquiring almost daily new items that even gives you time to enjoy, because the next day is a different model, we may have to suspect that this disease suffer from compulsive buying; for though it starts at an early age, if you do not get treated it can last a lifetime.
Symptoms of shopping addiction
The shopping addiction or compulsive shopping syndrome is not externally distinguished in the normal buying anything we do any of us; the main difference is in the interior, where the affected person will show the following symptoms or manifestations:
- High levels of anxiety in malls and other shopping venues.
- Intrusion of thoughts which incite people to buy.
- Appearance wish to resist, with inability to contain his urge to make purchases.
- After the purchase, release of tension and satisfaction.
- After a few moments arise feelings of guilt and remorse.
These impulses are presented in the shopaholic some three or four times a week , although much depends on the availability of temptation, and the mood of the person, because they are closely related to it, especially when giving is angry or frustrated, to get up the courage and even in states of happiness as a way to celebrate.
On the other hand, often shows a distorted body image, with the presence of eating disorders .
Unlike what you might expect of a person purchases a new product, these people do not enjoy what they have purchased , that is normally associated to improve visibility and appearance, due to feelings of guilt that come to them with Subsequently, in fact often return it acquired in the store, you give it away to a friend or who accumulate virtually no use.
If you are unable to walk past a store without going to see if they have the new season, or if they have lowered something before you saw that you liked, and while you're inside take advantage to buy an item, albeit one detail that you think you will do, and that you do over and over throughout the week, you may be showing early signs of a Shopaholic.
Diagnosis of shopping addictionSpecific symptoms previously mentioned allow a clear differentiation from the activity of daily shopping, and even with that which is done in times of discounts or offers, where the frequency and amount of spending increases, but in any case there is raid thoughts, inability to control impulses and feelings of guilt after purchasing the product, as it does in people with shopping addiction.
Although these signs arise usually in the teens , their consequences are not taken into account until several years, the cumulative economic debt is important enough to affect the financial stability of the person and even his family or couple relationship. Besides, by then compulsively buying behaviour has been established as a way of being of the person, which will hinder the release and thus the success of treatment. One of the difficulties in establishing the diagnosis of addiction to shopping, will be the presence of symptoms that correspond to other disorders that may occur at the same time as mood disorder ( major depression ); impulse control disorder ( Kleptomania ); personality disorders ( obsessive-compulsive ) or eating disorder ( anorexia or bulimia ); and even usual that the affected becomes habitual consumer of alcohol or illegal substances.
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Treatment of shopping addiction
The first thing you have to do the person with a tendency to compulsive buying is precisely acknowledge their dependence, and the consequences it has on your life, and that of those around her. This step might seem easy, it is one of the most difficult to achieve, since the person will search hundreds of excuses not to take responsibility, minimizing the problem, justified by saying that "there are those who buy more than me," or " it's just a temporary blip. "
As in other departments, treating shopping addiction will include a combination of techniques that attempt to respond to the situation of anxiety and intrusive thoughts generated to the temptation to buy, such as: Relaxation and breathing , aimed at increasing the sense of control over oneself in situations of temptation ; and to control the frustration of the product object of desire is not acquired.
Cognitive therapies that seek to identify those intrusive thoughts that aggravate the tense situation that arises before an object or representing a temptation . Which will be helpful to keep a notebook on top, which will be written when we feel tempted to walk past a shop window or a mall, pointing the times we have purchased and the amount spent. All this will be used as a baseline on which to work to reduce it to normal levels, we buy what we need, and occasionally we can give a whim if we want to.
Behaviour modification techniques , which aim to reduce inappropriate behaviours purchase and reinforce those aimed at saving and selection of products according to their usefulness. For example giving the addict maximum amount per day to spend money, and preventing access to any money, including bank cards. One of the current difficulties added to the treatment of addiction to shopping is that it is establishing a new form of compulsive buyer, due to the use of new technologies the person now no need to move to a mall to buy, can now be done from any mobile device or from a computer. In fact, most purchases online by women, usually carried out from the computer at work and during office hours.
If you are concerned that you may suffer an addiction to shopping, here are some tips to prevent it. Recommendations for not tempted, in this case and other circumstances where there is a behavioural addiction where the person "loses control" carried away by their impulses, they are:
- Avoid going to the places connected with shopping addiction, ie, supermarkets and commercial establishments selling their products unnecessary usually buy more often.
- Try not to go alone to these places when for some reason it has to come, so that the person you will have the task of warning our weakness when we approach the desired objects.
- Avoid accompanied by those people you usually get to go shopping, as they will aggravate the situation even more, as they become inciters and accomplices of impulsive buying tendency we have, making it more difficult to control.
- Set spending limits depending on the economic possibilities of each moment, to not overcome.
- Keep a tight what is spent each month control to check for "shooting" at any time. Not take credit or debit cards, or tickets large , to avoid the temptation to spend "because you can".
- Reject personal lines of credit and loyalty promotions offered by some commercial establishments, to avoid that you submit advertising about the products that you like and thus have a tendency to go buy it.
- Avoid shopping online , since the person is alone in front of the screen gives you a sense of anonymity, and comes to think that with this purchase "does not hurt anyone."
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