Veni vidi visa. Or rather, came, saw and shopped.
Is there real science behind retail therapy? Why is it that it helps us feel better about ourselves and our situation inside a mall and spending our hard-earned cash? While it sounds like it’s only a passing phase, there’s actually some science behind it.
A survey conducted in the United States showed that half of Americans admit to have engaged in retail therapy. Retail therapy, detailed as the quick rush that comes after making a purchase, may actually be a true psychological treatment.
According to San Francisco Therapist Peggy Wynne, there’s some science behind it as people “enjoy a little retail therapy from now and then.” She said there’s nothing that a new pair of shoes or a new equipment at home could do for people.
However, like most people who savour the feeling of shopping, alcohol and cigarettes, it could be a big problem if it’s not done in moderation. If you’re abusing shopping to chase the quick rush while not appreciating what you’re buying, you’re sure to spiral back into depression.
Material possessions could only be temporary happiness, but for what it’s worth, looking good, knowing that you have enough to spend for yourself and loving the way you look physically helps in the transition from depression to personal betterment.