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Material possessions can be powerfully alluring – whether it’s buying new stuff we don’t need or can’t afford, or holding on to things for way too long. At the extremes, these inclinations can become highly problematic.
Compulsive buying-shopping disorder is characterised by an insatiable desire to buy more things, and hoarding disorder, which involves a seemingly boundless desire to keep and accumulate possessions. Even if your own situation is not so extreme, you might be struggling to feel in control of your stuff.
Material possessions can be powerfully alluring - whether it's buying new stuff we don't need or can't afford, or holding on to things for way too long. At the extremes, these inclinations can become highly problematic.
Triggers: Being in a shopping centre; being with friends in a shopping centre; seeing something that fits with my style and is on sale; wanting to look good for an upcoming special event; believing I’ve earned it because I’ve worked hard.
Behaviour: Buying clothes that I think I need, but really just want.
Consequences: Enjoyment while shopping; feeling happy when shopping with friends.
To figure out what maintains your behavior, ask yourself:
Why you buy and keep hold of things you do not use?
What prompts these desires?
How do you feel right after you have acquired an item or made the decision to keep something?
Consider what your recipients really want and need. The best way to do that is to ask them.
If you'd like to gift something to a person who has stated that they prefer others make a charity donation, then, by all means, donate to that charity if you agree with its values.
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