Compulsive Shopping – Definition
Compulsive buying is an addictive conduct whose object is the purchase, the acquisition of objects, accompanied by brief moments of excitement to covet, and the pleasure of taking away.
Compulsive buying is defined as an « inappropriate purchasing behaviour, » driven by an irrepressible urge. The compulsive buyer buys a product that he does not need nor want. Compulsive buying invades the psychic life and creates financial, social and family problems.
Symptoms of compulsive buying
Compulsive buyers exhibit the following behaviors and symptoms:
- Buying products they don’t need
- impulsive, irrepressible, thoughtless purchase under the blow of emotion;
- tension and excitement when buying things;
- Pre-purchase concern, anticipation of the act of buying;
- pleasure in buying
- Frequent regrets after purchase;
- guilt about the purchase.
These symptoms may all or partially be expressed in the patients concerned, depending on its personality.