Shopping is a raging phenomenon among developed countries and has been studied over and over. Sociologists say it's a female drive in an attempt to explain the differences in shopping behavior between men and women.
It was said that the same obsession of men over sports can be linked to the way women go crazy on Black Friday sales or on mall openings. In the evolution of man, the male species are known to be hunters while women have always been the gatherers or the ones who are in charge of finding things for their offspring.
It is quite a reductionist perspective and is still widely debated, but one thing's for sure: shopping will keep women enchanted for years to come.
This behavior is not exactly exclusive to women though, because when you consider the purchase of gadgets, large screen TV, and high-end cars, the tendency of men to make expensive purchases is surely noticeable.
However, this is limited to a targeted section of the market. Women, on the other hand, will shop whenever, wherever, and whatever! This is because men consider shopping as merely a purchase of specific merchandise, while for women, it's a whole different world altogether.
It's hard to not love shopping. The glitz, glamour, scents of a newly minted shopping mall, the vibrant colors, the excitement, the friends you meet along the way, the giddy feeling of being able to all the fabulous things that money can buy - all of these are hard to resist!
But when does shopping stop being a charm and starts haunting you like a curse?
Where do you draw the line between recreation and obsession?
©2014 Jeffrey Powell (P)2015 Jeffrey Powell
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"Offensive and sexist"
I really wanted to like this book and learn something from it. It was so incredibly offensive. For example, rather than mentioning that it could result from anxiety, the author posits it's because women like to be dolled up, and it's s relief to "get out of the house" and see "bright lights." I think the author needs to have some additional women (women he is not related to) read his next edition before publishing.
"Interesting insight, but lacking in real solutions"
The information is repetitive. It gives you plenty of information regarding what constitutes shopping addiction, but the solutions don't seem like real solutions. It reminds me of the solution people give to people who suffer from anxiety. . . "Just relax!" Really?? I wish I would've thought of that! I'm sure the author really meant well and thought the advice would help, but was disappointed with the solutions.
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