The “urge to splurge” is afflicting more and more men. Though the chronic need to shop is often attributed to women, the compulsion is not gender specific. Compulsive shopping is a consistent need to buy things in order to manage one’s feelings or problems and often interrupts normal life. Men tend to shop bigger, buying electronics, car toys, or athletic equipment. Yet, due to the feminine stigma, men do not usually seek treatment. Experts determined that the development of a shopping addiction may result from psychological factors like an intolerance for difficult emotions or a lifelong emotional void. Chronic shopping episodes repeat themselves, gaining the shopper only momentary relief.
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