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Retail Therapy

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 21°C
mood: confused
music: Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 64, II Andante
I will never understand this "Retail Therapy" thing.

You waste gas driving.
You deal with stupid drivers on the road.
You deal with stupid people at the mall.
You deal with stupid people's kids at the mall.
You deal moron sales staff.

You have now wasted good money on crap you don't need.

And to top it all off, you have NOT RESOLVED your original problem.

How good can Retail Therapy feel, really?

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sertrel
Aug. 22nd, 2003 11:32 pm (UTC)
"Retail therapy" as such has not worked for me for a long time.

On the times that it did work, I can highlight a few unifying themes. Most importantly, the "problem" as such was not a specific, well-defined, and addressable cause, rather, it was simply a nebulous mess of discrete stress factors for a prolonged period of time that simply overloaded normal coping mechanisms.

Sometimes, the solution had less to do with "buying something" than going around, walking, being around external, natural levels of human noise rather than being alone and letting the internal noise echo and reverberate. Sometimes, just getting out and away and slightly distracted is enough. Other times, it simply increases the stress levels.

Most of the time that "buying something" helped, it was almost always a book, or music, or once in a while, a game. And after I isolated the fact that it was engaging the mental circuits, I found that the library was just as good of a source (and sometimes better, depending on my mood) of media to engage my brain.

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