In a recent discussion with colleagues the topic of shopaholics came up. What brings people to become one? How can we help them?
I learned that assistance can be found at ShopaholicNoMore.com where Dr. April Benson helps clients ask the difficult questions:
Why am I here?
How do I feel?
Do I need this?
What if I wait?
How will I pay for it?
Where will I put it?
There is a free downloadable self-assessment on Dr. Benson’s site, along with a lot more information about the condition.
From Dr. Benson’s site:
More than 18 million Americans are shopaholics, so if you or someone you love is one of them, you’re certainly not alone.
Our free self-assessment offers three approaches to answering that question, three somewhat different tacks for navigating your way to a clearer understanding of whether or not you’re a problem shopper.
Shopping can be an important source of self-definition, self-expression, creativity, even healing.
Done to excess, however, it can spin out of control and lead to serious problems, eroding rather than enhancing your quality of life. The more you use shopping as an attempt to fill an inner void, manage your feelings, repair your mood, or pursue a “perfect” image, the more likely it is that you need to take a closer look at what this behavior is costing you.