How To Tell If You’re A Shopaholic

It’s one thing to surrender to the occasional impulse buy — but when your purchases shift from impulsive to compulsive, it’s the first sign that you might be grappling with a more serious condition: a shopping addiction. Are you or a loved one a shopaholic? Here are five signs of a potential problem.

1. You often purchase things you don’t need or didn’t plan to buy

You’re easily tempted by items that you can do without. You’re particularly vulnerable if you’ve admitted to having an “obsession,” like shoes or designer handbags.

2. An argument or frustration sparks an urge to shop

Compulsive shopping is an attempt to fill an emotional void, like loneliness, lack of control, or lack of self-confidence. Shopaholics also have a tendency to suffer from mood disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse problems.

3. You experience a rush of excitement when you buy

Experts say dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure, is often released in waves as shoppers see a desirable item and consider buying it. This burst of excitement can become addictive.

4. You try to conceal your shopping habits

If you’re hiding shopping bags in your daughter’s closet or constantly looking over your shoulder for passing co-workers as you shop online, this is a possible sign that you’re spending money at the expense of your family, your loved ones, or even your job.

5. You feel anxious on the days you don’t shop

It’s one thing to feel anxious if you haven’t had your morning cup of joe, but if you’re feeling on edge because you haven’t swiped your debit card all day, be concerned.

If the characteristics above sound a lot like you or someone you know, don’t worry just yet. And if you’re on the fence about whether you really have a problem, even figuring out why you’re always shopping and how you can change could be a big relief – for both your well-being and your budget.

Are you a shopaholic? How do you control your unnecessary buying urges?

Source: Yahoo News

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What Your Wardrobe Reveals About Your Insecurities

“Your clothes reflect how you feel at the moment,” says clinical psychologist and wardrobe consultant Jennifer Baumgartner. “What you wear can be an indicator of what’s going on internally.”

Your Closet Is Overflowing. If you have more stuff than space, it may be symptomatic of your shopping habits, but is more likely a manifestation of arrested development, Baumgartner says. You may be clinging to a positive memory rather than accepting the here and now.

You’re Bored With Your Look. If your wardrobe is a sea of blah—neutrals, basics and safe standbys—you may be feeling a deep sense of boredom in your life that you’ve yet to articulate. There’s often a lack of care to purchase new things or take the time necessary to look polished every day. You may be afraid to take risks, get noticed or of what others might say.

You Bare Too Much Skin. Revealing clothing gets attention, but often the feedback is overly sexual and a form of objectification.

You’re Not Dressing Your Age. Whether you’re dressing too old, too young or out-of-date, it represents an inability to identify and accept who you are at this point in time—and everyone else can see the incongruence.

You’re Always In Work Clothes. This mistake is often made by a professional without a typical 9 to 5 job who is unable to compartmentalize work and life.

You’re Covered In Labels. If you truly like designer clothes, that’s one thing. But if you’re covered in labels and shelling out money you don’t even have, “it’s a farce.” This insecurity may stem from a fear of not measuring up or being good enough.

“Use your wardrobe to analyze who you are internally,” Baumgartner counsels. “Take a look at your closet, get some insight and make changes.”

Source: Forbes

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