Shopping Addiction is defined as the deficiency of impulse control which appears as the eagerness for constantly making new purchases of unnecessary or superfluous things. It is a concept similar to compulsive buying disorder and oniomania although these terms usually have a more clinical approach, related to a psychological individual disorder of impulse control. It is important to note that going a shopping spree once in a while does not mean you are a shopping addict.
What are the signs of Shopping Addiction?
- Spending more than they can afford.
- Shopping as a reaction to feeling angry or depressed.
- Shopping as a way to feel less guilty about a previous shopping spree.
- Harming relationships due to spending or shopping too much.
- Losing control of the shopping behaviour.