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Monday, September 19, 2005 

The Psychology of... compulsive shopping

Compulsive buying disorder, according to New York psychologist Lane Benson, is when a person regularly buys things out of a desire to be more like an ideal image of themselves, rather than an actual need for a product. I think we're probably all guilty of that from time to time, but Lane argues that "It's only a problem if it leads to significant impairment in some aspect of your life - financial, emotional, social, occupational, or spiritual,".

This is an interesting article which may have many boyfriends nodding in despair recognising the similarities in their girlfriend's behaviour. I especially love the quote "You can never get enough of what you really don't need" which I'm sure is my girlfriend's motto.

Full article here


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