Retail Therapy

We’ve all been there, we go shopping on a particularly bad day and end up spending way more than we intended. In my case, this happens way too often, and i brush it off by calling it “retail therapy.” Well guess what, experts are now claiming that retail therapy is completely ineffective. This article by Matthew Hutson explains why:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psyched/200802/retail-therapy-explained

The article suggests that we often engage in this type of therapy as a way to enhance ourselves and increase self focus. Another theory is that the reason we are willing to spend more money when we’re sad is because “we value everything else more highly in comparison to ourselves when we’re down.” Either way, the fact is retail therapy is only a very short term solution, so next time you’re feeling down, avoid the mall at all costs!

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