FC: Shopaholics | by: Arely Barragan | December 4, 2012
1: Preface The topic of a shopaholic is a fairly interesting subject to give a presentation about. I will try to inform my audience about the pros and cons of being a shopaholic. what many people don't realize is that this subject is a lot more serious than one would take it. People do suffer from severe cases of being a shopaholic. Finance plays a major role in the life of a shopaholic. A lot of the time, most shopaholics aren't able to afford what they are purchasing. There are now television shows dedicated to this particular topic. The interest of this subject I believe is slowly being recognized in a more serious matter to the world. My goal is to inform my audience about the important facts and risks that come with being a compulsive buyer. Hopefully sharing information about being a shopaholic will open up the eyes of any shopaholics in the making. I hope to contribute a strong portion of interesting facts. Shopping addictions are like any other addiction. Whether those be eating addictions, drug addictions, video game addictions or nail biting. I believe that addictions are mainly all in ones heads, kind of like a mental disorder. Showcasing my presentation will hopefully bring new knowledge to my viewers. Learning about this topic will expectantly bring awareness on how to watch what one shops for and even handle ones money. This is not to encourage people not to shop or not to splurge on a couple of things once in a while, but to bring attention to the actuality and dangers in shopping if a person is to become carried away.
3: Table of Contents Background Information................... 4 and 5 Important Influential Events..... 6 and 7 Interview..................................................................... 8 and 9 Topic Impact..................................................... 10 and 11 Wordle........................................................................ 12 and 13 Research Learned.................................................................. 15 Works Cited page.............................................................. 17
4: Background Information Being a shopaholic is considered and illness. It can lead to problems in marriage/relationships, debt, and depression. Shopping addictions don't just occur within single lonely people looking for comfort in purchasing materialistic things. They occur within everyone, including men. Compulsive shopping cannot be diagnosed by a doctor. It is however starting to be considered a mental disorder. Leipzig psychiatrist Emil Kraeplin uncovered the word oniomania, which is the scientific term for a pathological addiction to shopping. Most of the time these compulsive buyers purchase items that aren't of necessity. It has been said that these buyers don't normally enjoy the items they have purchased because of the guilt they feel afterwards. There are actually treatments out there for this disorder. The treatments include a series of medication such as antidepressants and atypical neuroleptics. Monica Black, a hypnotherapist/addiction expert says that being a shopping addict is just as bad as being addicted to alcohol or drugs. It is believed by many that the cause of this such addiction is because of low self-esteem and depression. A lot of addictions start from problems within oneself or at home problems. Some shopaholics don't share their emotions with their friends or family, which causes them to go out shopping in hopes of items filling up inside whatever it is that's occuring. According to the book To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop by April Lane Benson "This attempt, like trying to fit a square peg into a hole, is doomed to failure: you simply can't buy self-esteem or self acceptance or autonomy."
5: Shopping addictions occur within men just as much as in women. Men shopaholics are considered more of "collectors" which is that they buy more than one of the same item and "save it for later". There are also those type of people who shop because there is a sale. They will go out shopping for anything they can find on sale or on clearance. The holiday season is huge for these type of shopaholics. It leads them to over spending on gifts for others that they don't need. Most of the time they end up getting little gifts for themselves instead of who they're really shopping for. According to a research done by Stanford University of Medicine it was proven that about 5.8% (17 million) of the people in the United States are over-shoppers. One of the major factors of compulsive buyers are that they think about how they define the happiness in their life. Usually this consists of materialistic items and money. It is a known fact that three out of five people with credit cards are in debt. Since 2005 the situation of filing for personal bankruptcy has increased immensely. I think that we can easily point out the differences in how much everything has changed throughout the years. Everything is a lot more revolved around the materialistic goods. People begin to get so used to living their life with these materials it becomes almost a necessity. Kids now a days are so used to having all these materialistic items just handed to them by their parents it seems so normal. When they get older and realize that these materials aren't as inexpensive as they never realized, it is a greater risk of new shopaholics. I believe that these compulsions are able to be passed on to their children. It's just a lifestyle they are accustomed to and if these current shopping addicts don;t break their bad habits, they can be ready for their children to be the exact same way.
6: Important Influential Events The important thing you should know about my topic is that this a disorder that many people suffer from. You should know that there are about 17 million people within the United States alone who are shopping addicts. Some events that my particular topic has influenced are the shows and rehabilitation centers there are for these certain type of people now. The show My Shopping Addiction aired on October 15, 2012. It features men and women who have an addiction to shopping compulsively and who aren't able to control themselves. They have two therapists on the show, Dr. David Tolin and Dr. Rahamani Durvasula. These therapists help men and women control their addiction and reflect on what their life has come to. The issues mainly rely on problems within themselves. They suffer from anxiety, depression, or loneliness. For them, to give up something like this, is like asking an alcoholic to give up drinking or a drug addict to stop their consumption of drugs. The show My Shopping Addiction has influenced many viewers by opening up their eyes and making them realize that living a life of purchasing things one can't afford can ruin your life. Fortunately, the people who have received help from these professional therapists are doing much better. This show has definitely influenced these addicts' lives for the better. They tend not to spend as much money on pointless things or on things they obviously can't afford. I'm sure they continue to shop, just not as compulsively.
7: This show has not only impacted the lives of the addicts but of the viewers as well. The viewers get to see inside the lives of all these shopaholics and see their daily struggles. The important impaction that this show has is that it's able to help those with disorders. It has brought people a long way from the way were living their everyday life originally. It can possibly even help those at home who are going through this and want to go out and seek help for themselves. Not many people realize that this is actually a more serious issue to those going through it than those on the outside just watching. The rehabilitation centers for shopaholics are mainly just counseling sessions. These counseling sessions consist of group therapy or they have to include themselves in Debtors Anonymous. These sessions are known as psychotherapy as well. These psychiatrist put their all into helping these shopaholics overcome their addictions. The rehabilitation centers are also open to shoplifting addicts because they fall in the same category as these shopaholics. These rehab centers have changed and influenced the lives of many of those people who actually seek help. The psychiatrists spend a lot of their time trying with their problems and changing each one their lives one step at a time. The impact many psychiatrist's and television shows are making in peoples lives is truly amazing to read and hear about. They are really changing the lives of those are in a major hole or just really unhappy with their own lives. They help mold them into a better person and get them out of their bad shopping habits. Shopaholics are one of the top reasons of why people are in debt. Being a shopping addict itself can be a great impact to anyone around them.
8: Interview with Alma Barragan 1. When someone says the word "shopaholic" what comes to your mind? -"A crazy person obsessed with shopping." 2. About how many times a month roughly do you think you go shopping? -"I'd say, maybe, six to nine times." 3. How many times have you found yourself in a store purchasing items that you know won't be put to use, but you but them anyway? -"Probably....most of the time I go shopping." 4. What feeling do you get when you've made a new purchase? -"I feel so much happiness within me! Who doesn't?" 5. Why do you believe people get a rush out of handing over their credit cards or money to a store clerk? -"I think that's a bit weird....I don;t know how to answer that." | 6. Why do you think being a compulsive buyer is becoming a major problem in a lot of people's lives? -"I think it's becoming a problem because they buy what they don't need, so, they end up not having any money." 7. Looking at shopping from a financial point of view, about how much a year do you think you spend shopping? -"Honestly, I have no idea. Possibly more than six or seven thousand." 8. Thinking about the lifestyle you live now, do you think you'll ever be able to break away from your bad habits of shopping? -"It's a possibility, that's if I'm willing to." 9. Besides when you actually need something, why do you shop? Is it out of boredom or loneliness? -" It makes me happy and gives me something to do when I'm bored." 10. Have you ever gotten angry or upset because you missed a sale? Why? -"No, because I always know they'll be another one."
9: 11. Has it ever even crossed your mind that you might be a shopaholic? -"Quiet a few times." 12.To what extent do you believe it is time for someone to break their bad habits of shopping compulsively? -"When they start doing it every single day and cry over it." 13. Are there any pieces of clothing in your closet that you have purchased but have never actually worn? Roughly how many? -"Yes, more than eight, I'm not really sure." 14 How financially independent are you?. -"Very financially independent, I earn all my own money." 15. When you're not out shopping, does it make you feel anxious or stressed? -"It used to make me feel anxious, especially during holidays. Now I have other things to do with my life. (laughter)"
11: Topic Impact David Tolin also known as Dr. Tolin, is a clinical psychologist and he is also the president of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He founded the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living as well as being the director. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Tolin is the main investigator and scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health since 2003. He is also an author and has written over 100 journal articles and book chapter over peoples health issues. Whether those be mental or physical issues. He's influenced many people especially men and women by helping them overcome their shopping addictions through many therapeutic sessions. He is a guest on Oxygen's television show "My Shopping Addiction". He has has a huge impact on this topic because of the way this show is showing they way he and other therapists help such people overcome these disorders. The impact he makes on helping these men and women with their compulsive disorders is truly amazing. He assists them in every way he can by discussing their problems with them or helping them see what they are actually doing with themselves by having them do sorts of activities. This show is really quiet interesting to watch, it shows the struggles people face with these disorders that many people wouldn't take too seriously. I can see within the show how he makes these impacts on their lives just by having discussions and helping them every possible way.
15: Research Learned My topic was "Shopaholics". I thought this topic would be rather interesting to research about because I love to shop and I wanted to see how it is that people are going through problems because of this. It's pretty self explanatory but it's actually so much more serious than I thought it would be. A lot of people suffer from this and I did not know that it was actually an illness that you could get medication for. I just assumed it occured with people who have to the money to spend on absolutely everything they wanted. There are people who are actually thousands of dollars in debt because of this. This subject may not be something that everyone may want to hear or read about but it really is quite interesting once you start reading the horror stories. There is even a show dedicated to this particular condition. I had no idea there were rehabilitation centers for shopping addicts either. What inspired me to research about my topic was basically the fact that I love to shop and I'm not going to lie but the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic inspired me a lot to do so. On the serious side though, this topic taught me a lot more than I was prepared for it to teach me. I've learned from reading about stories that I do not want to open up any credit cards in the future at all. All it leads to is debt, especially if I try to open one while in college, that can;t be good.I'm going to try and be careful about what I purchase and ask myself if I really need the things I'm buying.
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