Decisional Balance Matrix

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Your Decisional Balance Matrix:

Take your time and write what comes to mind now. Whenever you think of additional costs or benefits, add them to this living document.

If I Stop
Overshopping

If I Continue Overshopping

Short-Term Benefits  (1) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)
Long-Term Benefits (3) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (4)
Short-Term Costs (5) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(6)
Long-Term Costs  (7) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (8)

Observations from Your Matrix

Now that you’ve filled out your matrix, rate each cost or benefit in each cell on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being least important and 10 being most important. Then add up the numbers in each cell.

Cell 1 Total:

Cell 2 Total:

Cell 3 Total:

Cell 4 Total:

Cell 5 Total:

Cell 6 Total:

Cell 7 Total:

Cell 8 Total:

Strength of Forces for Stopping Overshopping: Total of Cells 1,3, 6, and 8

+               +            +            =

Strength of Forces for Continuing to Overshop: Total of Cells 2,4,5, and 7

+                 +            +          =

Follow-Up Questions

1. What have you noticed?

 

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2. What contradictions do you see, if any?

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3. Which list was easiest to write? Why?

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4. Which list was hardest to write? Why?

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5. When you look at the whole form, what do you see in terms of the balance of costs versus benefits?

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6. If you work on stopping overshopping, what’s likely to happen?

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7. If you don’t work on stopping overshopping, what’s likely to happen?

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8. What, if anything, would have to change in your life for the overshopping costs to outweigh the benefits?

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© 2013  April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

Stopping Overshopping, LLC

www.shopaholicnomore.com

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