I just finished being interviewed by coach Christopher McAuliffe, host of “The Coaching Show” (www.wsradio.com). We discussed the problem that we all have during December with holiday shopping and the urge to splurge.
It is only a few more days and I am off to the amazing Energy Psychology Conference in Toronto Canada. Flying from very sunny California to the brisk Fall climate of Toronto always reminds me of my youth in NYC.
Compulsive Spending is No Joke
Although we joke that when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, shopaholics suffer from a major psychological problem.
Compulsive spending is a problem that affects millions of people from all walks of life. In a society that actively promotes conspicuous consumption, credit card abuse has reached epidemic proportions, causing untold heartache and ruined lives.
Is there someone in your life who is spending compulsively, and you feel frustrated and angry with him or her? You don’t understand why they do what they do, and you can’t understand why they can’t just use a little more willpower.
Q: What is the difference between compulsive spending and the kind of spending most of us do?
A: My definition of compulsion is: if you can’t control when you start or when you stop a behavior you have a problem.