Happy Autumn/Jewish New
28--Mr. Shulman interviewd and his new book "Cluttered
Lives, Empty Souls" reviewed in Detroit Metro Times. See http://metrotimes.com/arts/cluttered-lives-empty-souls-compulsive-stealing-spending-hoarding-1.1210358
1--Mr. Shulman is featured in
Canada's Readers Digest October 2011 issue in "An Ordinary
Thief" article. See: http://www.readersdigest.ca/magazine/whats-online-readers-digest-october-2011-issue
October 21--Mr. Shulman to present online
seminar on compulsive theft, spending & hoarding 1-4 pm EST through
Recovery Today Magazine. See www.recoverytoday.net for more info and to register.
October 24--Mr. Shulman to be
interviewed from 3-4pm EST on Internet "One Hour at a Time" on
Voice America Health/Wellness Channel. See www.voiceamerica.com/show/one-hour-at-a-time.
25--Mr. Shulman's interview on Michigan Entrepreneur
network airs on metroDetroit TV.
Shulman to present on compulsive shopping/spending and hoarding disorder
from 7-9:30pm EST at The Birmingham (Michigan) Community House. See https://tchweb.communityhouse.com/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?~~11FHW44
4--Mr. Shulman to preent day-long seminr on compulsive theft, spending
and hoarding in Chicago, IL through the Illinois Institute for Addiction
Recovery. See http://www.addictionrecov.org/Registration%20PDFs/2011/Shopping_Training_Nov_2011.pdf
MR. SHULMAN'S NEW BOOK
Mr. Shulman's 4th
book Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending
and Hoarding is now available for purchase at www.clutteredlives.com
or by contacting Mr. Shulman directly.
THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on COMPULSIVE THEFT, SPENDING & HOARDING
Thanks to the 40
people who recently attended our all day conference on Saturday October 1st
in Detroit. The majority of attendees were counselors and therapists from
across Michigan--and one from Windsor, Ontario. We also had several
criminal justice professionals and a hand-ful of recovering persons
present. There was great interest in all of our topics but especially
hoarding. Between 8:30am and 4:30pm we created a very safe environment
which allowed everyone to ask questions, share about their own experiences,
and learn more about themselves, their loved ones and the how to best help
clients who suffer from compulsive stealing, spending and hoarding. Our
feedback about the conference was quite positive. Many therapists requested
a future conference which goes into more depth about actual treatment
strategies. We at The Shulman Center hope to oblige.
POWER, FAME and RECOVERY CONFERENCE
attended the Foundation Recovery Network's "Power, Fame and
Recovery" conference in Palm Beach, Florida in late September. There
were over 500 attendees, mostly therapists, from across the U.S. (and a few
other countries) and some of the more well-known speakers included John Bradshaw
and Patrick Carnes. I met a lot of wonderful therapists, many who were very
interested in the work we do at The Shulman Center. I learned a lot about
the unique challenges working with clients who are particularly wealthy,
famous and/or powerful. There was also discussion about how therapists,
too, need to check their own egos constantly--especially those of us who
are in the public eye, too.
BOUGHT OUT and $PENT!
My Recent Blog on www.impulsesave.com
We all have money
issues. I know I do. We're usually feeling like we want or need more of it.
We're trying to earn more, spend less, save or invest more; yet, we also
want more, need more, feel we deserve more, and dread the feeling of losing
or just maintaining our current lifestyle.
You've probably noticed a growing trend over the last decade or so: books,
articles, television and radio shows, calls near and far are sounding the
alarm about our individual problems with debt and spending. While more than
ever magazines and TV shows mock the importance of this issue creating
colloquialisms we know today like retail therapy.
In 2006, a landmark Stanford University study concluded that something else
better described the phenomenon growing among millions of people: they
called it "compulsive buying disorder." While the term is still
controversial—there's a tendency to call it "poor money
management"— more treatment is necessary than freezing a credit card
or slavishly adhering to a financial advisor's council.
Consider the following statistics:
*17 Million Americans (roughly 6% of the population) are compulsive buyers
(Stanford University Study, 2006)
*Nearly half of all compulsive buyers are men (Stanford University Study,
*Arguments over money and spending are the primary reason for couples'
conflict or divorce (Psychology Today)
*The average credit card debt per American citizen is nearly $10,000—mostly
from unnecessary purchases (Time and Money magazines)
While many believe
that debt is still the most dangerous manifestation of financial imbalance,
compulsive shopping is harder to detect and therefore harder to treat. And
there are many things lost to compulsive shopping, costs we don't notice
such as loss of time, loss of interest in relationships, avoidance of
emotions and/or obligations.
In fact, there are many reasons why people overshop/overspend:
Emotional deprivation in childhood
Inability to tolerate negative feelings, pain, loneliness, depression,
fear, or anger
Need to fill an inner void,
empty and longing inside
Excitement or thrill-seeking
Perfectionism Need to gain control
Manic episodes, ADHD, or impulsivity
Impulsivity is an especially big problem for many overshoppers. Even for
the strong-willed, a relapse can be a mouse-click away. Fortunately on this
front, new technologies have been developed which can help bolster a
shopper's resolve AND empower them with better options right at the point
Our relationship to money and to possessions is a huge source of wounding
and pain in my clients—and most people in general. Therefore, redefining
this relationship brings healing and peace. ImpulseSave, is doing just that
by empowering shoppers with a better option at every point of sale,
allowing them to again have control. Through their mobile and web
applications that both remind you of your higher values, right when you
need that reminder most, and challenge you to save not spend.
Then, when you've decide to save, the money you would have spent is
deposited into your savings account towards benchmarks you've set.
ImpulseSave then shows you the value of those savings and encourages and
incents you to do it again. You can even choose to share your success
with friends and family.
someone who understands these issues deeply, I encourage you to take time
exploring your financial situation. While overshopping and compulsive
spending are serious issues, hope is not lost! Read about me, my story, and
other ways to combat overshopping at: http://blog.impulsesave.com/what_we_think/2011/9/8/bought-out-and-pent-compulsive-hopping-and-pending-1.html
Check out our new online
support group for compulsive shoppers/spenders and hoarders. Register at: www.yahoogroups.com/shoppersandspenders/
Check out our
1-hour employee theft online course. Learn why people commit employee
theft, how to deter it, and how to confront it. See http://theshulmancenter.c360training.com
New sites in progress! www.celebrityshoplifters.com and www.celebrityshopaholics.com
COMPULSIVE THEFT, SPENDING
and HOARDING on the MOVE and in the NEWS!
September--Mr. Shulman is featured
in Allure Magazine (p. 114) on shoplifting addiction.
8--Mr. Shulman presented a 90-minute interactive lecture on shopping and
hoarding disorders from at Inner Wisdom Healing Center in Southfield, Michigan.
Shulman was interviewed about compulsive theft, spending and hoarding on
metro-Detroit cable station WADL's "Schwartz's Law" program.
12-Mr. Shulman was interviewed on shopping addiction via Skype for The
September 15--Mr. Shulman
presented a free 90-minute interactive lecture on hoarding disorder from
7-8:30pm at The Franklin (Michigan) Public Library.
September 26-28--Mr. Shulman attended The 24th Annual
Foundations Recovery Network's "Power, Fame & Recovery"
conference in Palm Beach, Florida.
October--Mr. Shulman is featured in Reader's Digest Magazine
(Canada) on shoplifting addiction.
Shulman presented an all-day conference at Third International Conference
on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding, Detroit, MI.
Shulman to present 3-hour webinar on compulsive theft, spending and
hoarding from 1-4pm EST at www.recoverytoday.net.
Shulman to be interviewed on the internet from 3-4pm EST on "One Hour
at a Time" radio show on the Voice America Health and Wellness
Channel. See www.voiceamerica.com.
Shulman speaks on compulsive shopping/hoarding at Birmingham (MI) Community
November 2011 and beyond ...
Shulman to present day-long seminar on compulsive theft, spending and
hoarding in Chicago, IL through Proctor Hospital/Illinois Institute for
Addiction & Recovery. See www.iiar.org
Shulman speaks on compulsive theft/spending/hoarding at Detroit area Rotary
Shulman is assisting the Baton Rouge, Louisiana court system a
court-ordered three hour, facilitated educational program for retail fraud
offenders. The program is based on material from his book "Something
for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2003).
Mr. Shulman created a 1-hour employee
theft online course with 360 Training. Learn why people steal from their jobs,
how to deter it, prevent it, and what to do when confronted with it. See or
enroll in course at: http://theshulmancenter.360training.com
Shulman is consulting on a major motion picture tentatively called
"The Rush" in which the lead character is addicted to shoplifting
Shulman created an online continuing education course on compulsive
shopping and spending called "Bought Out and $pent!" based on his
book and Power Point presentation. The course, offered through The American
Psychotherapy Association, is available for purchase by APA members and
non-members. CEUs are available. He's working on a therapist certification
program in compulsive theft/spending. See: http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/
Mr. Shulman collaborated with the Kingman, AZ courts
with a court-ordered home-study program for retail fraud offenders. The
program is based on his book Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction
Mr. Shulman is
consulting with an author who's writing a book about two kleptomaniacs who
fall in love.