From the staff of Dynamic Steward
Words flew fast, furiously, and unfiltered. Alice and Henry were in a heated argument—over money—again!
Driven by her frustration,
Many of us can identify with Alice and Henry’s frustration. We too often buy to assuage our feelings of inadequacy and anger and guilt. ?Compulsive spending is a means by which people fill the vacuum in the heart that should be filled with a sense of personal acceptance,? (Impulsive and Compulsive Spending, Crown Financial Ministries, found online at www.crown.org).
In the above article, ten signs and symptoms are listed which describe ?compulsive? spending: 1) Shopping or spending money as a result of being disappointed, angry or depressed, 2) Having emotional distress in personal or family lives because of spending habits, 3) Having arguments with others about spending habits, 4) Feeling lost without credit cards, 5) Buying items on credit that you would not buy with cash, 6) Spending money feels like a reckless or forbidden act, 7) Feeling guilty, ashamed or confused after spending, 8) Lying to others about what was bought and how much was spent, 9) Juggling accounts and bills to accommodate spending, and 10) Feeling powerless to overcome compulsive spending.
How many of these signs and symptoms did