Home' Christchurch Mail : December 20th 2012 Contents 14 CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, DECEMBER 20, 2012 RETAIL THERAPY
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PLAN AHEAD: Last-minute
Christmas shopping can be
a positive act
for loved ones
The concept of retail therapy has a
connotation that is less than positive
-- that people spend money to make
themselves feel good.
Yet, at Christmas time, the
expression takes on a more
The term was first used in the
1980s in a sentence published in the
Chicago Tribune of Christmas Eve
''We've become a nation
measuring out our lives in shopping
bags and nursing our psychic ills
through retail therapy.''
Just as some people lift their
moods by eating chocolate or
sucking sweets, others feel strong
impulses to buy themselves treats
for a mood boost when stressed. In
such circumstances, the purchases
act as a ''pick-me-up.''
The irony, of course, is that
frivolous, compulsive shopping can
induce stress of its own, especially
when the purchaser has exceeded
This type of buying becomes
more compulsive and along with
unneeded items, the compulsive
buyer may take home extreme levels
of debt, anxiety and frustration, the
feeling of loss of control, and conflict
At Christmas, the pleasure of
buying for others produces a
satisfaction of its own and eliminates
the elements of self-absorption that
are inherent in so-called retail
The desire to find the special gift
that is singly appropriate for the
person to whom it will be directed is
a quest that brings fulfillment and a
sense of completion once the
assignment has been performed.
So, in this instance, retail therapy
is about achieving resolution as
opposed to distracting the shopper
from anxieties and worries that are
It is also about the anticipation of
giving the recipient pleasure.
For some, a shopping expedition
with friends is therapy of a different
kind -- the opportunity to chat as
they move from shop to shop and to
exchange gift ideas while perusing
the array of displays that abound at
Christmas time. To ensure shopping
is more pleasure than pain, the
answer is to make sufficient time to
accomplish all that needs to be done
without being pressured into
making rush purchases.
Allow a spending budget for
those for whom you are buying so
you do not stretch your financial
resources. Buying an appropriate gift
for a friend or relative need not
require extravagance if you consider
the interests of the person
concerned. They will appreciate the
thoughtfulness that went into the
gift selection rather than the dollars
it might have cost you.
Remember that Christmas is a
happy time. Make your shopping
experience true retail therapy -- not
an ordeal for which therapy is
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