Parents' Guide to

My Shopping Addiction

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Voyeuristic look at troubled folks with buying compulsions.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2012
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The series showcases some of the behaviors that serve as indicators of a shopping addiction, which include habits like going on routine over-the-top shopping trips for unnecessary items, being unable to pay basic living expenses, excessive borrowing, hiding purchases, and hoarding. While it briefly underscores how extreme shopping, like many other addictions, is often used to cope with deeper psychological issues, most of the show's focus is on the treatment exercises and the addicts' reaction to them.

The folks featured here come across as narcissistic, especially when they react to being asked about paying off their debts or to being given sound financial guidance. Although some of this is expected, it can be a little frustrating to watch. But there are some lessons to be learned here, especially when it comes to understanding the very real and long-term consequences that come from spending money for the wrong reasons.

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