The Correlation Between Desire Thinking and Compulsive Buying
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- Desire thinking; compulsive buying; verbal perseveration; imaginal prefiguration; correlational study; shopping
In today’s developed society, purchasing is made easier than ever before with new technology and online stores, causing products to be more accessible to shoppers who spend excessively without control. Through a proposed experiment, this study investigates the effectiveness of desire thinking, a voluntary cognitive process, in preventing this problematic behaviour - compulsive buying. The experiment recruits a total sample of 300 shoppers from the general population who have shopped consistently in the past few years and are 18 years of age or older. Results from self-reported questionnaires demonstrate the correlation between desire thinking and participants suffering from compulsive buying disorder compared to the correlation between desire thinking and participants without compulsive buying disorder. The expected results indicate that higher levels of desire thinking positively correlate with compulsive buying. This is because desire thinking would only cause an increased amount of craving and negative affect long-term since the desired target of shopping is perseveratively elaborated upon and not achieved. Therefore, because desire thinking can be used to increase shopping tendencies in those suffering from compulsive buying, this paper analyzes how desire thinking can be utilized by marketers and retailers to increase craving and encourage those affected by compulsive buying to continue compulsively purchasing products.
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TY - CONF AU - Gisele Liu PY - 2021 DA - 2021/12/15 TI - The Correlation Between Desire Thinking and Compulsive Buying BT - Proceedings of the 2021 3rd International Conference on Economic Management and Cultural Industry (ICEMCI 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 1938 EP - 1942 SN - 2352-5428 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211209.316 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211209.316 ID - Liu2021 ER -