The Symptoms of Shopaholics
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According to Psych Guides (2016), a shopping addict or also known as shopaholic is a person who shops uncontrollable and someone who may feel that they do not has restrain over themselves. Shopaholics can be differentiate into several types. There are shopaholics who are shopping when they feel distress. This type of shopping addicts are known as compulsive shopaholics. Other than that, shopaholics who are always shopping to purchase the perfect items are known as trophy shopaholics. Bargain seekers are shopping addicts who buy items that they do not need because of certain type of sale like the year end sale.
There are several symptoms and signs that show someone is a shopaholic. Shopaholics usually will have a lot of unopened or tagged items in the wardrobe (Morad, 2012). Those items have been selected by the shopaholics but their tags still attached to them. Other than that, the items that have been purchased probably been forgotten. Thus, those items will be ignored and let unused. Shopaholics also tend to purchase or buy something that they do not need or did not plan to buy. This is because, they easily get tempted by the items because of the low price. This is usually known as bargain seekers shopaholic.
According to Elizabeth Hartney (2016), person who is addicted to shop usually has low self esteem. This symptom arise because it is one of the way to boost self esteem. Self esteem of shopaholics increase as they shop something that they desired as the items relate with an image of something that the shoppers wants to be. However, low self esteem can also be a result of shopping addiction. This is because, debt can heighten the feel of inadequacy and worthlessness.
Besides, shopaholics will felt guilty when they go shopping. It means that, shopaholics do feel guilty, angry and/or sad because of the initial frenzy of shopping (Columbia University, n.d.). However, they will always repeat the same behavior which is shopping. According to Addictions (n.d.), shopping addicts tend to lie about their shopping habits. This can be seen when friends or family asked about where the money go.
Morad (2012) states that, shopaholics will feel restless when they do not go for shopping. They also tend to online shopping as long as they fulfill the ‘responsibility’ even though it is not done physically. This is because, shopping is always used as one of the way of lifting the spirits, even temporarily. Anxiety and depression also can be experienced by the shopping addicts when they do not go shopping (Hartney, 2016).
Besides, shopping addicts tend to have difficulty to focus in their work or even hard to concentrate in their social relationships. This happened because of they will plan a detail activity of upcoming expedition to shop. They will also think about what shop to go, which shop they will go first, what to wear and others. This is a common thing in person who wants to try to hide their habits from other people like family and friends (Project Know, 2016).
As a conclusion, shopaholic is one of the compulsive habits that can be kick off. Some simple ways might work. For instance, shopaholics can try to find new activity, identify the triggers and avoid them, remove the temptations, carry cash that only can purchase what shoppers want and seek help from family, friends or professional therapists (Morad, 2012).
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