Shopping Addiction To Shopping

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Some persons with compulsive shopping disorder have had the condition for more than ten years, and this has contributed to the ruining of their social and financial lives. Some have reported as having to pay up debts once they get their monthly or weekly check before even buying their food. Some have been rendered homeless after spending all that they have on shopping with none to pay rent. The problem with them is that they shop for items, most of which they will never use (NewsRx, 2013). Many therapies have been tried to cure this addiction to shopping with little success. The treatment that has made significant improvement is the use of antidepressant drugs to make the patients lose the desire for shopping. These findings are however inconclusive.
Shopping is directly linked to the financial wellbeing of persons and should therefore be done in a prudent manner in order to avoid financial blunders or credit card defaults. The possibility of people being influenced by their moods to do sporadic shopping may create more problems. It is claimed that most of the items that are bought at the shopping malls are not required by the consumers. Most of them are acquired having not been planned for in the beginning (Krueger, 1988). The first hypothesis that will be tested in this research is ‘mood has an effect on one’s shopping patterns.’
The second hypothesis is in a way dependent on the first one being true, and it is as follows: ‘a negative mood leads to overspending/shopping.’ The first hypothesis is of correlational nature, as it is dependent on two phenomena being related, with one of them being influencer of the other. The second hypothesis is experimental. The state of mind of persons is causing them to have particular behavio...

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...p will be to put the respondents on diets that are known to alter the moods for a week (a pilot study will be done first on my own friends and family to see if this diet actually has an effect on mood). This will then be followed by a study of how their shopping habits will turn out. The first experiment will include the foods that induce foul moods, such as chilies and very spicy foodstuffs. The moods of these subjects will further be made worse by having persons close to them disappoint or annoy them just before they go to the shopping mall. The music in the shopping mall will be changed and made less soothing and more interruptive (Raghunathan & Pham, 1999). This will ensure that the respondents are in the worst mood possible, and the catch will be that they will not be aware that they are being watched. Their shopping behavior in a foul mood will be recorded.

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