In a case demonstrating the world-wide nature of shopping addiction the Taipei Times reports that a couple has divorced over a “wife’s seemingly random but pervasive purchasing habits.” After 26 years of marriage the Taichung branch of the High Court declared their marriage defunct. The wife started buying bulk quantities of toiletries and tossing them on the floor, only to go buy more. Her son testified that she had huge stores of items that she never used. Testimony suggested that her symptoms may have been caused by financial insecurity and a need for attention. A psychiatric professional opined that a cure would involve medication and years of in-depth therapy. Read the entire article here: Couple Divorces Over Wife’s Shopping Addiction
Carrie Rattle is a Principal at BehavioralCents.com, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence.