In a society of overconsumption that pushes us every second to consume more, it is difficult not to give in to the temptation to buy. Promotions, online sales, advertisements, contactless payment, compulsive buying is encouraged, all excuses are good to heat up the credit card! A compulsive buyer can suffer from oniomania, psychopathology can lead to economic problems and heavy debts. Shopping addiction is not to be taken lightly. Can’t resist a purchase? Are your expenses filling an emotional void? You may be suffering from this disease without knowing it!
Identify oniomania: you suffer from impulsive thoughts
There are all kinds of symptoms that identify the pathological behavior of oniomania. Impulsive thoughts are one of them. The compulsive buyer goes to work and sees this pretty pair of shoes in the window. He has neither the time, nor the need, nor the money for this new acquisition, but he feels the uncontrollable urge to have it in his possession, impossible to resist! Like a drug addict in lack of substance, he is unable to reason with himself and will be relieved only when buying his dreams, even if it is useless and expensive.
Recognize the compulsive buyer: you are filling an emotional gap
While some suffer from Saturday night fever, others suffer from shopping fever! The causes of oniomania have their origins in childhood. It may have been caused by trauma. Did you grow up in poverty and frustration? Your parents were not demonstrative in love? Do you suffer from emotional deprivation? You are probably a victim of compulsive shopping. Your shopping helps you fill an inner void. At the time, the excitement caused by this expense relieves you, but this happiness is ephemeral.
An impulsive consumer suffers from instabilities that he seeks to relieve through repetitive purchases. Bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, are linked to negative emotions. Shopping calms your anxieties like therapy, it’s a consolation. This behavior reflects the difficulty of managing how you feel. Buying is a reaction to a negative feeling, a frustration. Do you rush to your favorite store as soon as you’re not well? Obtaining the object you covet relieves your discomfort? Pay attention to how you feel when you go to checkout.
You do not use your purchases
The consumer society provokes the desire for purchases among consumers. Buying becomes a need and no longer a simple necessity. Many people hoard things they never use. No more room to store? Half of your possessions are never used? Some items are not even unpacked? This is proof that you are a victim of oniomania!
You buy without having the financial means
Squandering your bank account is not a problem when you can afford it. Unfortunately, oniomania can lead to serious economic problems and lead to the accumulation of debts, even the banning of banking. The irresistible urge to buy is never satisfied! Living beyond your means has serious consequences. Are you overdrawn every month? Do you collect consumer loans? You are a compulsive consumer!
Cure compulsive buying
Making a diagnosis of this pathological behavior makes it possible to assess the extent of the addiction. Managing your compulsive purchases involves taking small actions. Leave your credit card at home when you go out. If you have an errand to run, choose cash! Budgeting and tracking your expenses will help you control your expenses. Ask your banker to put a cap on your credit card.
If you are about to crack, ask yourself the right questions! Is it useful? Do I have the means? Will I use it? Take some time to reflect. Learning to fight oniomania is a long process. Indulge your surroundings and don’t be ashamed. If you need help, start psychotherapy.