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I love shopping as much as the next girl and I engage in retail therapy often (probably too often)! Those are all good conscious reasons why we do it and like it so much, but the feeling you get from shopping is also related to a biochemical reaction that happens usually without us recognizing it. Basically we’re getting high on our own endorphins (the naturally-occurring feel good brain chemical) but this same kind of chemical reaction also happens from doing other things like watching a really engaging movie or favourite television show, playing a fun video game, dancing at a club, exercising/working out, and doing a good deed or nice thing for someone.
But besides all the boring chemical reactions going on on an unconscious level, we can look to the early 20th century couturiere Elsa Schiaparelli for social insight:
“Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.”posted about 7 years ago
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I find that the high I get from retail therapy is very short-lived… and even worse if I experience buyer’s remorse after!! I’ve found that for me, when the buying is a response to envy of some sort, it’s very ineffective and results in remorse. Maybe I’m just not buying the right things, but no matter how awesome something is it just won’t fill that void, or whatever personal trait I’m lacking to make me feel rotten.
I guess things aren’t enough to appease my problems anymore :(posted about 7 years ago
I agree with twinkl… Retail therapy really only makes me feel good for a very short time… unless my purchases have been pre-planned and budgeted. Then I feel good =Dposted about 7 years ago
It makes me feel like I have a lot of power because I can purchase what I want. I have control over what I want and its easily attainable (usually hahah)posted about 7 years ago
Ugh, I need some retail therapy now! I think I indulge in this too often, which to me, is not often enough. Hahaposted almost 7 years ago
It makes me happy because I’m possessive with my material belongings. They have never failed me as said boyfriends and I can lovingly care for them without them making me cry (unless it falls apart or something).posted almost 7 years ago
frenchieee, exactly haha.
I had an awful day yesterday due to a bad day at work, boy issues, and the lingering problem of school and the fact that I’ll have to endure it for the next million months (I already started, my first week was terrible).
I went to Target after work and decided I deserved a new pair of shoes. (these ones)
Yeah.posted almost 7 years ago