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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741467127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741467126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terrence Daryl Shulman is a native Detroiter, an attorney, addictions therapist, and consultant. He founded the website www.shopaholicsanonymous.org in 2004. Mr. Shulman is the founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft & Spending. He specializes in counseling clients with theft addictions and disorders and/or compulsive shopping/spending. He has been featured on various television programs, notably Oprah, Prime Time Live, 48 Hours, Prime Time, Fox Files, Inside Edition, Extra!, The Today Show, The Early Show, Ricki Lake, Queen Latifah, CNN News, Fox Cable News, The Discovery Channel, Womens Entertainment TV, The Mike & Juliet Show and numerous local news programs. This is Mr. Shulmans third book.

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I am better prepared to deal with people with these challenges and to give them hope!
Mari Bear 805
My hat is off to Mr. Shulman for bringing these issues to light, and for the stories that inspired me in this book.
Greta L Zulauf
Highly recommended for all who have suffered, or for all who live with those that have similar problems.
Sue from Ohio

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John H. Prin on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
From the author of Secret Keeping: Overcoming Hidden Habits and Addictions
Without a doubt, author Terrence Shulman is the go-to expert for these disturbing topics. His heart is in every word of advice and counseling suggestion in this helpful resource. As an additions counselor who deals with "insane" behavior, I resonated fully with his focus on "the pain which causes people to shoplift and steal, overshop and overspend, hoard and clutter, and lie, cheat, break rules, and take destructive risks."

This book offers understanding and hope to such hurting people. It is useful as well as inspiring, practical as well as humorous. Not only does it tackle the broad range of disorders above, it goes beyond to deal with the seldom-dealt-with areas of rule-breaking, risk-taking, and secrecy -- all with case studies/personal stories, worksheets, surveys, questionnaires, and statistics. The author has also added a chapter of interviews with experts.

A key premise I found insightful that Mr. Shulman explores is how these tendencies stem from beliefs of inadequacy, unworthiness, deprivation, and feeling unlovable. "It's typical these persons have experienced being victimized in their lives and felt deprived materially and/or emotionally. Thus, they become obsessed with making things right, evening the score, and feel both entitled to their excesses and out of touch with the outrage and negativity their behaviors evoke in others."

Highly recommend for lay readers and professionals alike.
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As the President of a Loss Prevention and Shrinkage Control consulting company who has been dealing with these issues for over 25 years, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these compulsions. Mr. Shulman's true life stories of those living and dealing with compulsive theft, spending and hoarding issues makes this book an easy and understandable read. Don't miss the "Interviews with Experts in the Field" chapter where others with experience in this issue share their thoughts and opinions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Mello on January 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of THE best books I have ever read about the subject of compulsive stealing, spending & hoarding!!! Another wonderful book from Terrence Schulman! I especially enjoyed reading the stories of real-life human beings suffering from these compulsions. The stories of these folks really drove home the importance of understanding that anyone can fall prey to these issues and why we all must be ever mindful that this is very close to home -- for all of us!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. Hayes on October 6, 2011
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I first became interested in reading Mr. Shulman's writings a few books ago.
This, his latest of four books, is readable, practical, and broadly applicable. Mr. Shulman's insights evolving around psychological disorders are very revealing to all who are seeking ways to minimize these crimes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greta L Zulauf on August 24, 2011
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In a society where the emphasis often times is on "what you own" as opposed to "who you are", Mr. Shulman has given everyone who suffers from these less talked about compulsions a voice. With compassion, humor, and tremendous insight he takes the reader through the reasons behind these compulsions, and offers hope for recovery. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to break out of destructive habits revolving around acquiring things. My hat is off to Mr. Shulman for bringing these issues to light, and for the stories that inspired me in this book. The book is very nicely done!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue from Ohio on August 22, 2011
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This book as well as its previous written books are long overdue on these stressful subjects! It is about time the is an answer to all of the pain I have been suffering for years, and thinking I was the only one. There are some excellent examples, and some terrific suggestions here to help get me organized and clutter-free. Thank you for being such a great help Mr. Shulman! I look forward to many more books in the future. Highly recommended for all who have suffered, or for all who live with those that have similar problems. Awesome insight, and real workable solutions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Palka, CFP on May 20, 2012
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Terrence knows what he is talking about. There are great strategies for dealing with topics that people keep in the closet.
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