Okay, I am such a housewife but I just heard a really interesting little blip on Oprah. She said, "We shop to fill a void inside of us to bridge the distance between who we are and who we want to be. True happiness is what you have without things." I paraphrased that but you get the point. What do you think about that? I never thought about it but when I'm unhappy, I shop a lot... Right now I don't pay my bills so it's not a problem. But I don't want to be in debt someday because I use shopping as therapy... I think *I* personally do use things to make myself into the person I want to be... when I'm sad, I want to use clothing to sort of re-dress the problem, re-make myself. Okay, maybe that's a dumb metaphor. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting, thanks for letting me share. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Edit: I just want to add, I'm not saying that *everyone* does it, not at all! I'm just generally interested in why people shop, for simple enjoyment, because they love beautiful things, etc.