Do you find yourself unable to resist buying things you don’t really need; or you find that shopping makes you feel better when you’re feeling bad; or you overspend when you are trying to save money? If so, you may have an addiction to shopping.
As is the case with all addictions, a shopping addiction can cause devastating effects on your life. Any behavior that you are unable to control can cause serious problems. Fortunately, there is a way to free yourself from a shopping addictionwithout needing to use willpower or cutting up your credit cards!
Why do Some People Become Addicted to Shopping?
Addictions are programs. Just like all of our unconscious behaviors, desires, fears, and compulsions, addictions are the result of the programs we carry in the subconscious.
For those who are addicted to shopping, the subconscious has made a connection, somewhere along the line, between the feeling created when shopping, and joy, peace, relief, love, security — or any other positive emotional state.
Your brain and body have become conditioned to produce endorphins and other feel good chemicals when you shop. Other people may not have that connection; they may have a connection between exercise or food, and thosepositive emotional states.
Why You Can’t Stop?
An important key to realize about the addiction is that it is physiological, not mental. This is why willpower and using the conscious mind to make logical and reasonable decisions don’t work. In order to change the compulsion to shop, you need to change the cause — the original records in the subconscious that are prompting your brain and body to produce the chemicals that cause the compulsion for the activity.
For detailed information on how these records are created and how they affect our daily lives, read: The REAL Cause of All Your Problems.
How to Change the Original Cause
Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think about shopping and how it makes you feel. Notice the feeling — where in your body you feel it, and how intense it is. Then, think back to when you first remember feeling that same feeling. You may have been shopping with someone you love, or it may have had nothing to do with shopping at all — as long as it’s the same feeling, the memory is relevant.
As you feel the good feeling, send that feeling to the person you were with at the time — and feel them sending that same feeling back to you. The feeling really doesn’t come from the shopping — it came from that other person, and it is inside you.
Now, think of the times when you have tried not to shop, but you’ve not been able to resist. Focus on that feeling now, and use the FasterEFT technique to clear and flip it. Keep repeating the process until you have flipped all memories related to that compulsion. Then go back and spend some time with that person from the original good memory, in your mind. Feel that good feeling again.
From now on, whenever you feel that shopping will make you feel better, take a moment to use the FasterEFT technique to clear the feeling that’s bothering you — flip any associated memories and thoughts. Tap until the bad feeling has flipped, and the desire to shop has gone. If you are in public, you can useMental Tapping.
For more information on addictions and how to overcome them, visit:Addiction.
For more information on FasterEFT and how it works, visit: The FasterEFT System.
For detailed instructions on using FasterEFT read: The FasterEFT Technique — Step-by-Step
To watch videos on how FasterEFT has helped others overcome addictions, visit the FasterEFT Addiction Playlist below: