December 02, 2022
When the person buys uncontrollably, it can become a real headache for the family economy and, in the worst case scenario, an addiction called oniomania.
The end of the year holidays are here and with them, the Christmas campaign of offers, special promotions and payment facilities promoted by stores and department stores. Many people who are excited to buy gifts at a good price end up going into too much debt by buying compulsively, without realizing that they may have an underlying problem.
Dr. Mary Castro, a psychologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, points out that shopping is one of the favorite ‘therapies’ for many men and women to control stress and anxiety; However, when the person buys in an uncontrolled way, it can become a real headache for the family economy and, in the worst case, an addiction called oniomania.
Herein lies the importance of learning to control yourself. Most of the time, this change in behavior covers up low self-esteem, insecurity, emotional instability, lack of self-control, depression, and little tolerance for frustration. The person needs to acquire something to feel happy, without caring if this will cause financial problems or conflicts with their loved ones.
To avoid impulse purchases, it is important to have the will and design a table of needs, in this way, you will not spend more than necessary. Every time you enter a store you will have a purpose. To do this, set a budget for gifts and social gatherings, do not overdo it for any reason, and reflect on whether the purchases you plan to make are necessary and useful.
If you are having trouble controlling your urge to buy, seek professional help. This not only harms your economy, but also disrupts family harmony. Many people are not aware that they have this problem until their economy is seriously affected and problems with their loved ones are constant due to their excessive spending. Don’t let yourself be carried away by impulses this holiday season and be cautious.
Dr. Mary Castro
Psychologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma