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I am not a compulssive shopper. Big malls haven’t succeeded in tempting me with the tricks up their sleeves. I go around, enjoy window shopping to my heart’s content and do some real shopping for something essential. I try my very best to stick to the list of things to be bought.

If I buy something that I don’t want, I get a feeling I have wasted money on something that’s not worth. I prefer blowing up money on something I enjoy. Now what they are, can be the subject of another post.

I know, not all are like me. For some, shopping is a habit; for some others, it’s even an addiction. What I haven’t been able to make sense of is that for some it’s even a stress buster. Some people when they are depressed walk straight into a department store, lose themselves amongst cookies, chocolate bars and junk food, besides consumer durables.


One of the popular stereotyped — and possibly sexist — characterisation is that a number of women use shopping as a stress buster. In fact, a survey in Malaysia did indicate that “nearly 75 percent of women in Malaysia believe in retail therapy, saying shopping was therapeutic and a stress-reliever”. (Source – Malaysia Sun).

Women go on shopping spree

Closer home, my friend was witness to something that seemed to confirm this theory. Recently, employees of his office got an official letter around 11 am informing them of a rollback in their salaries as a countermeasure to the economic slowdown. Needless to say, the mood in the office sank. There were no smiles, grim faces all around; hushed conversations as to how EMIs will be paid, and how many plans will have to be put on hold.

After the lunch break that day, my friend noticed a number of women employees walking in with bags of buys; evidently they all had gone shopping at the nearby department store. He couldn’t believe it. “When our pay is cut, you all go shopping!.. only you women can do this..!!”

Apparently one woman confirmed to my friend that shopping indeed was a stress buster for her. She feels good buying off things that she fancies. Another woman said, “This is the last occasion I can buy something going by what I am going to get from next month onwards.”

It’s too much of a coincidence for so many women to go shopping simultaneously when the mood was grim. My friend is convinced: “Shopping is indeed a stress buster for women.”

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