Causes and consequences of shopping addiction


In this article, I'm going to introduce you to the causes and consequences of shopping addiction that negatively condition the life of the patient.

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Consumption is a value that is deeply ingrained in the modern lifestyle. And this is the reason why the habit of going shopping is usually normalized as if it were a leisure plan. However, the reality is that consumption turned into addiction many consequences, sufferings and problems arise.

Shopping Addiction is a disease because it dominates the will of the affected person who undergoes constant doses of anxiety and stress.

Fortunately, it is possible to overcome the limits of this addiction, although, in most cases, it is essential to seek specialized help.

Shopping freak
Shopping freak

5 causes of shopping addiction

  1. Obsession with body image and physical appearance. In the era of social networks, the power of the image is a constant. And fashion is a means to enhance that presence. In relation to this point, there is the risk of confusing having with being. Just as there is also the risk of confusing a lifestyle with one's own personal identity.
  2. Cover affective deficiencies and internal voids. Through the routine of going out of stores, the person feels that he controls this aspect of his life. That is, choose what you want to take home. Sometimes, the person uses this occupation as a way to distract attention from another matter that weighs more on the spirit. Therefore, there may be personal suffering at the origin of shopping addiction.
  3. Low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is often at the base of much human suffering. For example, the person may seek acceptance in her group of friends by projecting a certain image.
  4. An education without limits. When a person has grown up in an environment in which his whims have been attended to immediately, he internalizes a model of the world in which there is no room to postpone a desire. In this case, the person lives subject to the dictatorship of his own capricious will.
  5. Loneliness. Sometimes, the person feels alone and finds in that initial routine of going out of stores an occupation that gives them the immediate feeling of novelty when wearing a new garment. However, the risk of this initial plan is that the person ends up locked in the loop of that distraction that makes him feel even more alone.

6 consequences of shopping addiction

  1. Economic problems. Consumption directly alters the budget of that person who can even accumulate debts. The person may have clothes in the closet that have not even been worn, garments with the label on.
  2. Lies. To occupy his own reality, the person usually deceives his immediate environment. For example, he may decide that a garment is not new when it is.
  3. Anxiety. For a person who suffers from a shopping addiction, it is a source of anguish to go to a mall, see the windows and not buy anything. That is the difficulty of controlling one's own personal impulses in the face of these stimuli arises.
  4. Inner emptiness. After that apparent sensation of satisfaction that the person experiences when acquiring a new whim, a consequent emotional pain arises. In other words, these purchases do not provide real enjoyment, simply because addiction is at the origin of this behavior. For example, it is quite possible that the person is not proud of himself.
  5. Widespread suffering. A person who suffers from an addiction, of whatever kind, has difficulty concentrating in other areas of his life. For example, at work. The affected person's thoughts revolve recurrently around the same topic.
  6. Frequent mood swings are a reflection of inner instability. Addiction itself is a symptom of that emotional reality.

How to overcome a shopping addiction

The most important thing is to recognize the problem, truly assume your own limitation, and understand that this addiction can be overcome. Secondly, it is essential to ask for psychological help to do specialized therapy. The family and social environment are also therapeutic as a point of support for that person who begins a path of change and needs company, reinforcement, and accompaniment.

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Disclaimer: This article is purely informative, I have no authority to make a diagnosis or recommend treatment. I invite you to visit a psychologist to treat your particular case.