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Are You a Shopaholic?

Since so many of you consider shopping a form of therapy I thought you could benefit from a new test that determines whether or not you're considered a shopaholic. Since compulsive buying is linked to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and stress, it's a good idea to determine if you should be leaving those credit cards at home!

As we all know, there's a difference between buying and over-the-top spending, which has the ability to wreak havoc on your life. Those who are considered compulsive buyers spend money on things regardless of the need for them or what's in their bank account, and according to Kent Monroe, a marketing professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Compulsive buying is an addiction that can be harmful to the individual, families, relationships. It is not just something that only afflicts low-income people."

To see what this test entails,

This shopaholic test includes six statements, and the subjects are asked to answer on a 7-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

  • My closet has unopened shopping bags in it.
  • Others might consider me a "shopaholic."
  • Much of my life centers around buying things.
  • I buy things I don’t need.
  • I buy things I did not plan to buy.
  • I consider myself an impulse purchaser.
    • Those that score 25 points or higher would be considered shopaholics. While there needs to be more research to properly identify this diagnosis, this test is a pretty good start. So to all of you that consider shopping a great way to clear your head or relieve stress, tell me, do you consider yourself to be a compulsive spender? Or do you think you have your shopping completely under control regardless of your emotional state?


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