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The Psych Central Show
 is an award-winning, weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in a casual and accessible fashion. Listen as our hosts speak candidly with experts to break down complex topics in simple and understandable ways.
 

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Nov 23, 2017

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the pros and cons on “retail therapy,” the practice of shopping solely for the purpose of making ourselves feel better. They discuss the many benefits of such purchases, while also warning of the dangers of “comfort purchases.” Gabe warns especially of such purchases when in the manic phase of disorder, leading to hyperspending. Each of them share personal stories of their own purchases, both large and (comparatively) small. Other items discussed are oniomania, why we feel a “need” for retail therapy, window shopping, and some unexpected fringe benefits of retail therapy.

 

RETAIL THERAPY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

[1:43]   What triggers the need for retail therapy?

[5:00]   What’s the difference between “good” retail therapy and “bad”?

[7:40]   Retail Therapy + Bipolar Disorders = Hyperspending

[10:26] What is oniomania?

[12:09] My therapist made me buy a Rolex

[15:21] Buying nostalgia on eBay

[19:02] The fringe benefits of retail therapy.