Do You Have Oniomania?

Most of us love a good shopping session. Whether it’s getting together with your girls and making a day of it with lunch and following up with wine, or just a scroll through some online fashion websites to find something you love, shopping can be so much fun. Personally, I enjoy going shopping on my own - I find it easier to concentrate and find something that I really love. We can usually split shopping into three main categories: want, need and impulse. The things that you need are things like food, toiletries, warm clothes in the winter. Items that you want may be the trendy pieces that come and go, which you may not be wearing in a few months. Impulse buys are those things that you buy on the spur of the moment - items you don’t particularly need or want, but you buy anyway. None of these categories are bad, per se - when done in moderation. During the coronavirus lockdown, 29% percent of people have bought more clothes and beauty products than previously. But what happens when shopping gets out of control?  

When Shopping Becomes A Problem

Oniomania is the uncontrollable desire to go shopping and make purchases. Also known as Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) is a behavioural disorder characterised by an obsession with spending money and an insatiable urge to buy things, typically resulting in adverse consequences. The disorder is often overlooked, with people hiding their addiction, or other people simply brushing off someone’s shopping habits by calling them a ‘shopaholic’. However,  it can actually leave people in financial chaos – just like it would if someone was gambling their money away. Unfortunately, just like with a lot of other addictions, it is difficult to get people to admit they have a problem in the first place. Oniomania Disorder usually occurs when a person constantly shops to avoid negative emotions. You know that ‘high’ we all know and love when we’ve bought something we’ve coveted? A person with CBD is constantly chasing that high - but it doesn’t last long, and before you know it, the person suffering is buying again. 4 Ways To Control The Urge Around 90% of those affected are female with symptoms starting in their late teens or early twenties and there are three main reasons why it occurs:
  • Seeking instant gratification or boost their self-esteem
  • To cope with stress or emotional pain
  • Seeking a status or portray a certain image
  Whilst chronic Oniomania can require professional help, there are a few things you can do to stop splurging  and rein in your finances.

#1 Set a Plan and Stick to It

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