My article about overcoming impulsive shopping habits for “The Lookout” just came out Sunday (October 29) –
Shopping has evolved into a pastime. Can you relate?
Impulsive shopping involves making a purchase based on a deep-seated feeling that you simply must have it, resulting in a sense of euphoria that comes from making the purchase. But when the newness wears off, the cycle continues.
Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic observed that while we see purchases in light of their functional purposes, we also buy things for their symbolic value. Thus we perceive purchases in light of a deeper meaning, which can become warped. Impulsive shoppers trick themselves into believing that what they buy can bolster their sense of self-worth or give them a sense of control.
I know from personal experience the frustrating cycle of impulsive shopping. Yet once I recognized what I was doing and why, I was able to revise my spending habits and regain self-control….
You can read more on “The Lookout”‘s website: http://www.lookoutmag.com/beyond-the-looking-glass/
Disclaimer: “The Lookout” is a publication from Standard Publishing. I only make this distinction because I think there are some less legit publications out there of the same name.