Are You a Compulsive Shopper?

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I like to shop and won't lie -- I was a little nervous to take this quiz. All I could think-- "Am I a compulsive shopper???" After I read number 6 and understood the line of questioning, I knew I'd be okay. My final number was 3. 

If you answer YES to at least SEVEN of these questions you can be considered a "compulsive shopper."

  1. Have you ever lost time from work or school due to shopping/spending?
  2. Has shopping/spending ever created problems in your relationships?
  3. Has shopping/spending ever affected your reputation or people's opinion of you?
  4. Have you ever felt guilt, shame, or remorse after shopping/spending?
  5. Did you ever shoplift or steal from work to get money to pay debts or to solve money issues?
  6. Did shopping/spending ever cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. Did you ever experience a "high" or "rush" of excitement when you shop or spend?
  8. Have you ever shopped/spent to escape worries?
  9. Has shopping/spending caused you to have difficulty eating or sleeping?
  10. Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create an urge to shop or spend?
  11. Have you noticed you begin shopping or spending more frequently over time?
  12. Have you considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your shopping or spending?
  13. Upon stopping over-shopping or overspending did you continue to be tempted/preoccupied by it?
  14. Have you kept your shopping/spending a secret from most of those you are close to?
  15. Have you told yourself "this is my last time" and still over-shopped or overspent again?
  16. Have you continued to shop or spend despite having been had legal issues such as bankruptcy or divorce?
  17. Do you often feel angry or feel a need for control?
  18. Do you have feelings of life being unfair?
  19. Do you have persistent feelings of entitlement to get or buy what you want?
  20. Do you have trouble speaking up for yourself, asking for help, or saying "no"?

How many questions did you say yes to?

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