Up to 30% of Europeans have control problems in spending

Written by: Begoña Fernández Seco
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

Modern life revolves around consumption. We live in a society where work is encouraged to be able to consume. In fact, up to 30% of Europeans have control problems in spending.


Consumerism is a problem when the fact of not buying represents a significant discomfort. There is an impulse that we can not control or it is difficult because we are accustomed to buying.




This problem not only affects women, but also men. The objective of them is the fashion, of them the technology. They are people who often think that their personal worth depends on what they have or can get. It's about the need to feel special.


Causes of Addiction to Shopping

In general, the reasons that lead to compulsive consumerism are personal dissatisfaction, depression, insecurity and impulsivity. The reason for the behavior must be deepened since the patient usually has a vacuum inside and lacks self-esteem. Your solution? To buy. Being able to make purchases from home online facilitates this behavior.


It is essential to base the treatment on the control of the stimuli; Those that make it difficult to not buy.


The addicts to buy are the ones that take the time to go to the specialist in Psychology , about 10 years on average. One of the reasons is society, which sees this behavior normal and the person takes time to realize. They often go to the office because of anxiety, dissatisfaction or negative consequences of purchases, for example, not being able to pay an invoice.


On the other hand, when the person goes through a delicate situation (such as a loss), it may fall.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Begoña Fernández Seco

The psychologist Begoña Fernández Seco is a leading specialist in Psychotherapy. She is the director of the center that bears her name, in which she performs individual and couple therapies with adults, adolescents and the elderly; evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of psychological disorders, and application of welfare improvement techniques. With more than 15 years of experience, this psychologist is in continuous training and recycling process in order to provide the best patient service.

He also makes inquiries in English.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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