Like most process addictions, compulsive spending and shopping serves an unconscious purpose. The purpose is typically specific to each individual and while out of one’s awareness, a yearning seeks to be filled. This is where the process of shopping and spending come into play. Assessing the behaviors, intentions, and emotions underlying compulsive spending and shopping can assist a person in seeking help for a problem that may be masked by our societal acceptance of “retail therapy.” The following questions can provide a framework of understanding and insight regarding compulsive shopping and spending.
Are You a Compulsive Shopper? Read through the following questions to find out: