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I Shop Therefore I Am : Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self - April Lane Benson

I Shop Therefore I Am

Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self

By: April Lane Benson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780765702425
Number Of Pages: 528

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Compulsive buying is a serious, often secretive affliction, with profound emotional, social, occupational, and financial consequences. As many as a quarter of us have problems with buying, and studies suggest that between one and six percent of the population are full-fledged compulsive buyers. I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self brings together, for the first time, the most important thinking about this disorder. As more and more therapists encounter compulsive buying (whether as a presenting problem or revealed in the course of ongoing therapy), the need for an in-depth clinical understanding of the disorder has grown. Dr. Benson has responded admirably to that need with a practical, comprehensive, and wonderfully readable work. While the book focuses a wide-angled lens on the many aspects of compulsive buying, it emphasizes understanding the disorder as a desperate search for self in people whose identity is not securely established. It defines the syndrome of compulsive consumption, examines the range and variations within it, discusses assessment and associated disorders, and delineates successful treatment modalities. Offering insights from a broad spectrum of therapies-psychopharmacology, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment, couples and group therapy, self-help, and financial counseling-this book is an indispensable toolbox for the increasing number of therapists who see patients with shopping, buying, or debting problems. A Jason Aronson Book

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Shopping, often ridiculed, pathologized as an obsession and a perversion, and associated with frivolous women, has now been given serious, balanced, and substantive treatment. Using current contributions from infant research, motivational systems theory, self psychology, and relational psychoanalytic perspectives, Dr. Benson and her contributors add to the literature on shopping by indicating its self-sustaining and self-enhancing aspects. Richly illustrating all aspects of the shopping experience, this book addresses the multitude of psychological issues that shopping can encompass and attempt to negotiate.--Frank M. Lachmann and Beatrice Beebe

Prefacep. xi
Contributorsp. xv
Introductionp. xxi
An Overviewp. 1
When Money Is the Drugp. 3
A Systematic Investigation into Compulsive Buyingp. 27
Shopping, Buying, and Selfhoodp. 55
Shopaholics, Spendaholics, and the Question of Genderp. 57
Are We What We Own?p. 76
The Role of Self-Image in Excessive Buyingp. 105
Clothes, Inside Outp. 133
Special Issues in Compulsive Buyingp. 155
Collecting as Reparationp. 157
Giving until It Hurtsp. 168
Psychiatric Considerationsp. 189
Assessment of Compulsive Buyingp. 191
Diagnosis, Associated Disorders, and Drug Treatmentp. 217
Psychodynamic Theory and Techniquep. 243
Compulsive Buying as an Addictionp. 245
When Eating and Shopping Are Companion Disordersp. 268
The Use of Money as an Action Symptomp. 288
Clothes and the Couchp. 311
Couples Treatment and Group Therapyp. 339
Overcoming Overspending in Couplesp. 341
Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Buying Disorderp. 367
Psychoeducational Group Therapy for Money Disordersp. 398
Treatment Adjunctsp. 429
Debtors Anonymous and Psychotherapyp. 431
Financial Recovery Counselingp. 455
Simplicity Circles and the Compulsive Shopperp. 484
Conclusion: What Are We Shopping For?p. 497
Creditsp. 514
Indexp. 517
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ISBN: 9780765702425
ISBN-10: 0765702428
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.8  x 3.86
Weight (kg): 0.88

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