It’s neither a profession nor an identity yet being a shopaholic can be one of the most defining attributes of a person living their life with this motive in being. Compulsively indulging in the shopping spree so often and so frenziedly that it seems like they would end up buying all of the things in the world, every damn time that occurs also in surprisingly hurried frequency, no matter the alarmingly dwindling rate of the resources on which such behavior in extreme consumerism are ever so dependent and outgrowing even the most inessential of needs on which a way beyond the basic human life can comfortably, or rather luxuriously sustain, are these overshopping folks of the world who take to this excessive behavior in spending in evidently, obviously and uncontrollably rampant ways. But it isn’t that they tend to be such immense extents of the profligate as and by themselves since they are fairly reasonable and ‘controlled’ in the other resource driven areas of life. It only is when the dynamic act of shopping is concerned that all hell tends to break loose for them as they cannot help but give in to this urge of buying just about anything and everything that catches their instant fancy. Living up thus to their validating perhaps ‘image’ as being a shopaholic, they go about their own splurging ways in this assertion of their selves, blissfully unaware or perhaps choosing to ignore the numerous cons entailing out of this behavior disbalanced indeed in outweighing of its pros.
Despite all the chiding of them though, that ironically still manifests as being bearers of a behavior the world considers in bemused amusement, shopaholics probably do not have it easy either. The prospect of going on buying every single thing that even slightly manages to entice one’s person might seem like a rosy reality most of us would yearn to live. Seemingly straight out of some movie scene in which the entitled character has access to all that they desire for is this picture of the shopaholism encountered in the world not starring in screens but playing out rather in the real world, the stark truth of which therefore makes this irresistible urge a tough compulsion to satiate. Limited by the money means of a economistic world as ordinary human beings not even close to being millionaires anytime in this life, or the next hundred thereafter, such extreme addictions to shopping are simply not convenient. And also since this manifestation of a behavior in such acuteness has more often than not been found to be indicative of underlying personal issues of mostly emotional and/ or mental basis, shopaholics risk therefore not just the pilfering away of their fortune but also stare at a situation capable of debilitating their entire lives. And yet, this phenomenon of compulsive shopping does not yet warrant an understanding of it in critical terms largely in its nature as a behavior hardly striking as damaging to society. Shopaholics indeed might have their own reasons to continue with their spree of spending and they might even gain advantages out of it. But there sure are significant disadvantages as well to this mode of excessive indulgence and outlining them all separately can be a key to gauging the effect of this not so ordinary functioning of a section of the human species.
Pros of being a shopaholic
Being a shopaholic means that you at least are scouting out deals and offers across various sites and places of shopping even if you are not buying them all yet. And this helps you immensely when it comes to actually making the purchase since you are well versed with the current prices and products on offer. This means therefore that you can very well end up buying stuff at the most competitive, if not the lowest prices of them. Whether those are things that your really need or simply end up buying on impulse is a different matter but at least you are assured that you do not really(?) squander away inconsiderate amounts of your precious money.
Browsing through sites and stores as an integral part of your nature from being a compulsive shopper lets you also remain abreast with all latest trends and styles particularly of fashion and style servings. That comes in handy when you are the go to person for your friends to dole out styling advice or advise them on the latest tech buys and stuff like that. Add to that the prospect also described above of striking the best deal and that’s one of the pros indeed of being a shopaholic to substantially overlook the many cons of it.
Shopping also conjures up a vision of therapy in its identification of what is known as retail therapy and while compulsive shopping might be only a technique for short run gratification, it still yields somewhat the benefits of therapy nonetheless. Triggering a release of the dopamine hormone into the brain can be this urge to shop as a response to everything from boredom to stress to disappointment and indeed in happiness as well which makes it an easy route to chart to relax by relieving oneself momentarily from the profound worries of life.
Another advantage of being a shopaholic can be one that might sound as self contradictory to the inconvenient nature of it and that which relates quite surprisingly to the ambit of the finances. As someone unable to resist the urge to indulge in mindless shopping, whether as a manifestation of extreme consumerism or to deal with crippling feelings of one’s internal unworthiness, overshoppers perhaps would be more likely or rather more obligated to eke out more rewarding financial routes for themselves. Diversifying their portfolio in earning is thus one of the possible pros arising out of being a shopaholic even as they end up augmenting the health of the nation’s economy as well overriding thereby to some extent the associated cons of this compulsive behavior.
Cons of shopaholism
In its very classification as a form of addictive behavior, shopaholism emerges as a problematic assertion. Even when shopaholics are not largely condoned in giving in to their irresistible urge in buying even the most unnecessary of stuff, the very notion that they further in their excessive indulgence in shopping makes for one of its traits in considerable negativity. Particularly in its masking as retail therapy, shopaholism harbours the power to come across as more harmful in such excessive tapping into its ‘potential’ that only ends up exacerbating the issues characterising the over dependence on it as not a remedy but rather as a lure.
Money minding is another aspect unfavourably impacted by the overspending craze. The inconsiderate shelling out of money by every shopaholic is one of the most prominent cons that is not in any way compensated by any of its corresponding pros. Even in relation to the expansion of the earning bandwidth that we had earlier outlined as a possible positive of this frivolous flurry of the shopping spree, the potential for backtracking instead along this route of raking in the bucks asserts in such negative tendencies as turning to dishonest means of anyhow eliciting the resources required to sustain this uneasy tendency beyond the control of the mind. Running into debts and facing a shortage of money to attend to the more pressing demands of life are other financial liabilities attributable to compulsive shopping.
Also, as a way of dealing with emotional insecurities and seeking validation, shopaholism might in fact accentuate the extent and dimension of these sensitive feeling in being the easy way out of all this mess in existence. Taking recourse to shopping as a means of channelising the internal turmoil might seem like a harmless way of self gratification but the associated disadvantages that necessarily follow this dependence on the material spirit of the present world make it a behavior worthy of shunning instead. With other profound assertions of not very conducive behavior like hoarding as well as covering up of purchases necessarily entailing the tendency to overshop, it isn’t just one’s own individuality that remains shrouded under a cloud of unfavorability. Extending also to impact relationships of both personal and social leanings of the shopaholic can be identified as yet another of the cons against a handful of pros that compulsive shopping necessarily leads to. Even the immense strain on finances can cause stress on part of the shopaholic, triggering ironically another spree of unrestrained spending to assert as an exercise in continuous motion leading therefore to a vicious cycle from where there is no escape.
In also its instant rewarding with the feel good high of the dopamine surge, the overshopping exploit tends to lose potency over time. This might come across as favourable a situation but what is induced is in fact an opposite response by which assertion the urge to indulge in a shopping frenzy gains an impetus, emerging to be more frequent and mindless a charting out of desires unserving of any real or long term purpose. Consider also such physical constrains as diminishing space to store those stacked up goodies of no good and you end up cluttering your life in both material and emotional doings of it. In these and multiple such derivations that can and do effectively sum up the premise of shopaholism and/ or compulsive shopping, it sure is certain that being a shopaholic is not by any means a singular strand of identity. It is in fact many times more diverse a state of existence in which we find ourselves to be perilously perched on, risking therefore a free fall from which we might emerge alive but while all bruised and battered.