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 Are you a shopaholic?

   • Do you use shopping as a quick fix for the blues?

   • Do you often buy things that you dont need or cant afford?

   • Do your buying binges leave you feeling anxious or guilty?

   • Is your shopping behavior hurting your relationships?

   • Have you tried to stop but been unable to?

If so, you are not alone. Nearly 18 million Americans are problem shoppers, unable to break the buying habits that lead them into debt, damaged relationships, and depression. If this describes you, or someone you care about, the help you need is here.

Drawing on recent research and on decades of working with overshoppers, Dr. April Benson brings together key insights with practical strategies in a powerful program to help you stop overshopping. As you progress through this book, youll take back control of your shopping and spending and create a richer, more meaningful and satisfying life.

To learn more about the author, visit her website: www.stoppingovershopping.com

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Millions of Americans are unable to stop themselves from frequent shopping binges that lead to debt, damaged relationships, and depression. In this book, Benson draws on clinical experience and research to offer information, insights, and practical strategies for overcoming compulsive buying.

About the Author

April Lane Benson, PhD, is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She has appeared on several national television programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Evening News.

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Pandababy, May 17, 2009 (view all comments by Pandababy)
Take one (former) shopaholic. Give her a Ph.D. in psychology and ten years experience treating over-shopping. Publish her book about how to get free of the vast consumer conspiracy surrounding us, and you have Dr. April Lane Benson and her vital new book: To Buy or Not to Buy.
This is not a comfortable book for me to read. I find my behavior unmasked and as undeniable as my shoulder-length gray hair. Have I used shopping to feel better about myself? Yes. Have I used shopping to avoid confronting a situation I want to avoid? Yes. Have I used shopping as a weapon to express anger? Yes.
Sometimes yes to all of the above, and other questions in chapter one. Like a trip to the dentist, confronting my negative behavior and the psychology behind it can be painful, but also healing. I love this book, because there is healing in getting the rot out. Dr. Benson offers a way to find authentic happiness to replace the false esteem of keeping up with (or exceeding) the 'Joneses'. She points out the relentless consumerism driving our economy, with tentacles invading our conciousness through stores, malls, television, catalogs, Internet and even cell phone shopping. She uncovers the true cost of credit card purchases, and documents the ways invisible forces demand that we buy "more more more and now now now".
Knowledge is power. Self-knowledge is the power to change. To Buy or Not to Buy is a tool that can enable us to get free of our compulsive shopping. If you are confident that you don't have any shopping addictions, I challenge you to go to a bookstore and browse her book - consider the many ways we can fool ourselves into buying things to fill an emotional hole rather than a material need.
I recognized some of my buying patterns in her analysis, and also patterns of friends and relatives. Our materialistic society is even more insidious than I suspected. There is compassion and not condemnation in Dr. Benson's words. I recommend her book and I will be spending the next three months working through all the exercises. I have two pages of notes this morning, a start to the journal she recommends keeping.
There is no such thing as an insignificant cavity - as we all know, sooner or later it will destroy the tooth. I am going to be working on the occasional - but not insignificant - ways that I over-shop, and expect that the result will be good, even if the process is sometimes painful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590305997
Author:
Benson, April Lane
Publisher:
Trumpeter
Author:
Benson, April
Subject:
General
Subject:
Compulsive shopping
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Psychopathology - Compulsive Behavior
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction - Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.42x4.94x.75 in. .85 lbs.

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