The growth and development of a serious shopping addiction is more than just reward-seeking. Making a purchase creates the immediate reward of receiving a new product, but in a serious addiction that reward is often adding to serious debt and an overall negative effect on one’s life. The immediate gratification of a purchase quickly wears off, and an addict is already looking to get their next “high.” Shopping becomes a way to avoid pain more than a way to seek pleasure, and is a way of dealing with deeper issues and psychological pain. If you or someone you love has a shopping addiction, get help and start getting things back on track.
Read the entire article here: Compulsive Shopping: Is It or Isn’t It?
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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.