Why Shopping Feels So Therapeutic

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“In contrast to our desk mindset, outdoor walks and breaks from our typical work environment allow our mind to drift around a little, often toward things that seem irrelevant or random. On occasion, that drifting mind reaches a clue that brings our mind flying back to the original work problem. If we’re lucky, we might even chance upon an exciting epiphany that makes us think “aha!”. In those situations, our success comes from allowing our relaxed mind to bounce around outside of the mental boundaries we impose while staring at our computer.”

“The pressure to conform socially and fit in with those around us may be more subtle now but still impacts on the decisions we make every day. When we think that a lot of people are doing, buying or following something, we’re more likely to do, buy or follow it ourselves.”

“It wasn’t that mind wandering simply made people trigger-happy thinkers who accepted bad intuitions as good ideas. Even at a follow-up survey, 6 months after the original diary entries, people still rated their mind-wandering ideas to be just as important as their on-task ideas.”

  1. There is no end goal: You could choose to drop it all and walk out of the store at anytime.
  2. Complete and utmost concentration on the task is not required/the task isn’t challenging: You could get carried away with your thoughts as there is no challenge involved with shopping that forces you to think on your toes. There’s nothing to keep you tethered to the task with utmost focus and concentration. You could choose to break away at any time for a variety of reasons.
  3. There is no feeling of accomplishment: Sorry shoppaholics, don’t get me wrong here. While you do feel like you’ve accomplished something after spending an entire day at the mall getting everything you wanted through plenty of trial and comparison, it totally pales to the sense of achievement that comes from doing activities that inherently require a flow state to be completed. Summiting a mountain, finishing a work of art, playing a musical instrument, or even dancing are all artistic endeavours that don’t let you break away unless finished.

“Our minds are not just checking the product for price, quality, colour, size, texture, brand and shape, but also constantly visualizing and imagining the context within our lives where all these products would fit into.”

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I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.

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Akash

Akash

I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.

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