Exploring Shopaholics Attitude and Behaviors: A dose, defense, or disorder?

Exploring Shopaholics Attitude and Behaviors: A dose, defense, or disorder?

Rajni Sharma1, Pooja Tyagi2, Umed Singh3, Amit Khatter4, Ananya Sharma5, Krishan Kumar6

1Play therapist, Child Psychology, Advance pediatric Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh , 2Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Behavioral & Allied Sciences, Amity University, Gwalior, MP, 3Professor, Dept of Psychology Central University Haryana, 4Trainee, Masters in Psychology, IGNOU  5Medical Officer MOVE Research Project, 6Asst Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

Correspondence: Pooja Tyagi, e-mail id:


Shopaholism, also known as Compulsive Buying Disorder or Oniomania is a social problem described by strong urge to spend money and a voracious inclination to purchase things, commonly bringing about adverse outcomes. Shopaholism alludes to the persistent buying of undesirable/undesirable things even without necessity. The present study was descriptive qualitative in design, consisting of a few case studies based on semi structured interview of individuals high on shopaholism, consisting information about participants’. Before and after affect of shopping, motivation, causes and other related significant information regarding their shopping behavior was also explored. It was observed that their compulsory buying behavior was associated with psychological betterment rather than mere possession of purchased articles. Subject’s shopping behaviors range from buying for fun show off, approval seeking, elevate their mood to emotionally strained, stressed and depressed.

Keywords: Shopaholism, disorder, purchase, money, cases.


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