The Compulsive Shopper: The Addiction is Real

There are literally tons of people who have a very real problem with shopping addiction or compulsive shopping. Scientists are under the belief that what happens is that people become addicted to the way they feel or the feelings they get when they shopping. For those of you who aren’t taking it like it’s a serious thing, some folks over at Shopaholics Anonymous say that it doesn’t just end at compulsive shopping, there are actually several kinds of “shopaholics.”

There’s certainly a difference between people who just enjoy a little shopping and a full-fledged shopping addiction, of course it doesn’t have to be one or the other either. Addiction is funny in that it is not fluid and is unique to each life it effects.

Types of Shopaholics

- The Collector – Those who have sets, feel the need to have every color or every size, etc.

- The Big Spender – Those who are after high ticket items and maintaining an image of what they have.

- The Compulsive Shopper – Those who tend to cope with shopping when they’re feeling stress or emotional distress.

- The Trophy Shopper – Those who are only satisfied with the never-attainable “perfect” item.

- The Bulimic Shopper – Those who repeatedly buy and return their purchases but can’t stop shopping.

- The Bargain Shopper – Those who compulsively shop for things because they’re on a great deal and not because they’re needed at all.

It can be extremely difficult to identify compulsive shopping and a lot of people have a hard time understanding how anyone would actually be addicted to shopping but it’s true. There are plenty of behaviors that shopaholics display that are similar to those of people who suffer from any other kind of addiction. Typical signs include lying about or hiding shopping behaviors, going shopping even though you’re facing increasing financial or otherwise negative consequences, and feeling a loss of control.

If you’re struggling with compulsive shopping, just know that there are tons of other people who need the same help you do and it’s okay to ask for it.

N.D. “Shopping Addiction Symptoms, Causes and Effects”. Psych Guides. (website). 2018
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