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Trigger Warning: depression, anxiety, temperament
What is Retail therapy
The term “retail therapy” refers to the notion of trying to cheer one-self up through the purchase(s) of ‘self treats’. Retail Therapy is a phenomenon that is more prevalent in our society than one may imagine. Retail Therapy is recommended by most mental health professionals, however it is very risky and can lead to addiction.
An example by Ariana Grande-
Bought matching diamonds for six of my b*tches
I’d rather spoil all my friends with my riches
Think retail therapy my new addiction
Whoever said money can’t solve your problems
Must not have had enough money to solve ’em
They say, “Which one?” I say, “Nah, I want all of ’em”
Happiness is the same price as red bottoms
Sorry to break it to anyone who took these lyrics to heart, but psychological studies prove that happiness is not the same price as red bottoms and materialism is not the answer to find happiness. Shopping doesn’t address the underlying issues behind anxiety and depression. media representations like the song ‘7 rings’ are toxic and spread the wrong idea. Before you say that “it’s not that deep”, when a younger audience listens to lyrics of a song, they get impacted in numerous ways. it wouldn’t have mattered if it was a small issue but this is dealing with mental health. Associating happiness with material things can lead to disorders, such as compulsive buying, that we will get into on the following slides, and should not be encouraged, especially from a big name.
Anger, when expressed properly, is a normal and healthy emotion. people with excessive anger typically express themselves in [passive] aggressive and dangerous ways. Others turn their anger inward and can develop hypertension, high blood pressure, and depression as a result. retail therapy is typically recommended by mental health professionals to deal with aggression . Why? Because anger is associated with having needs that are unmet and/or lacking control over a situation. Retail therapy serves as an outlet for stepping away from the triggers of one’s anger and a mechanism for regaining a sense of control.
Oniomania: Psychology Behind Compulsive Buying
CBD onset usually occurs in late teen/early adulthood and the disorder is usually chronic, or long-lasting. Psychiatric comorbidity is frequent, particularly mood, anxiety, substance abuse, eating, and personality disorders. Endorphins and dopamine, naturally occurring opiate receptor sites in the brain. It gets switched on and makes the person feel good, sometimes even creating a “high”. The treatment to CBD is harsh and includes actions such as cutting off a credit card(s) and cash flow, money management classes, and 12-step recovery programs such as ‘shopaholics anonymous’.
How to Prevent Retail Therapy
- confide in a supportive, non-judgemental loved one
- identify your triggers and motive
- distance yourself from anyone or anything that enables your shopping addiction (ex. the mall)
- spend more time and money on real relationships rather than material ones.
Compulsive Buying Disorder
CBD is an obsession with shopping and buying behavior that causes adverse consequences. Compulsive buying “is experienced as an irresistible–uncontrollable urge, resulting in excessive, expensive, and time-consuming retail activity [that is] typically prompted by negative affectivity.” and results in “gross social, personal, and financial difficulties. CBD is found in 5.8% of the united states population and is equally common in both sexes. triggers of CBD include the inability to properly deal with difficult issues, such as loneliness, anger, or emptiness, a need to distract oneself from external/internal issues, and/or the need to gain control. This is someone you would literally call a “shopaholic”.
Retail Therapy : Summary
Retail therapy has many benefits and is a great activity to practice if done in moderation. Shopping makes people happy because it releases endorphins (serotonin). It also helps take your mind off things and allows you to have full control over your life and decisions. However, retail therapy is risky and can easily turn into many obsessive disorders, such as CBD. Such disorders can “brainwash” the mind to relying on retail related behaviors for “happiness”. Retail therapy is not an actual form of therapy and you would be better off consulting with licensed professionals than pulling money out of your wallet and calling it a day. All in all, retail therapy works well as a stress reliever but in the long-run has the potential to cause more stress.