Do we know what we truly want? Can those things be purchased? Jill Chivers, author of “My Year Without Clothes Shopping,” suggests that overshopping can be a way of compensating for deeper needs such as meaningful work, connections with others, life experiences that make us happy, and being seen and known for who we really are. “Often what we want isn’t to be found inside the shopping mall,” Chivers writes. The saying “Protect Me From What I Want” may be misleading, because if we discover what we really want and need, it should be pursued and embraced.
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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.