April Lane Benson books - overshopping

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To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop by April Lane Benson is a critical tool for anyone suffering from spendaholism (compulsive buying, compulsive shopping disorder, overspending, overshopping, shopaholism). Dr. Benson, who passed away 3/29/2021, was an internationally recognized pioneer coordinating research into and treatment of overshopping, partially inspired by her own struggles with overspending. To Buy or Not to Buy offers a comprehensive program to allow readers to identify their impulses and develop tools for avoiding and controlling their actions.

I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Shopping & the Search for Self, edited by Dr. Benson, was written by researchers and clinicians for researchers and clinicians. That can be a fascinating perspective for laypeople, or extremely difficult to follow, and perhaps with no "in between." A reader with an academic orientation might find it valuable. Anyone might find that Part VII: Treatment Adjuncts, which discusses Debtors Anonymous and Financial Recovery Counseling, is an excellent introduction to additional tools beyond psychotherapy.


Comments (4)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm glad to hear there's more awareness about rabid consumerism.  I am the opposite, and will fix and repair old things instead of throwing them away... and that's why I don't today's appliances that last about 5 years max.

Dec 04, 2021 05:51 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 There's a growing body of law around "rights to repair." And increasing numbers of volunteer repairpeople who led Repair Cafes and Repair Fairs for their communities. Lauren

Dec 06, 2021 06:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved this post and how appropriate now that everyone is on the Internet and you can buy everything from Amazon to ...... I see more UPS, FED/EX and Amazon Trucks  on my street than three years ago... Endre

Dec 04, 2021 06:40 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Endre Barath, Jr. Yea, I don't want to know how many trees Amazon kills... Lauren

Dec 06, 2021 06:07 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - an appropriate subject any time but certainly one to consider more seriously during this time.  

Dec 05, 2021 04:13 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Jacobs I admit I felt a stronger compulsion to post now than say, mid-March... Lauren

Dec 06, 2021 06:08 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

It does seem we are in a disposable society. Who does TV repairs now? Just buy a new one. Not like the old days.  Thank you again for the post.  Enjoy today, as you know a new week starts tomorrow.  Rest up and be ready. bill

Dec 05, 2021 05:33 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I just finished a book by Adam Minter about secondhand markets around the world. It's universally acknowledged that quality is no longer a driving force in production, with rare exceptions. It's terrifying. Lauren

Dec 06, 2021 06:10 PM