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The Psychology of Panic Buying

1024px Toilet paper shelves empty in an Australian supermarket
Every time a COVID-19 lockdown approaches, we see a rise in panic-buying.

While some people are experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), others are grappling with anxiety a compulsive desire to shop to feel like they are in control.

Dr Dan Fassnacht, Senior Lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University, joins Jennie Lenman to discuss the phenomenon, in light of his paper which proposes diagnostic criteria for compulsive buying shopping disorder.

Photo of Woolworths during COVID lock-downs March 2020 by Christopher Corneschi, WikiMedia