A STUDY OF REBECCA’S COMPULSIVE BUYING DISORDERS AS SEEN IN SOPHIE KINSELLA’S THE SECRET DREAMWORLD OF SHOPAHOLIC
This study discusses about a novel written by Sophie Kinsella entitled The Secret Dreamworld of Shopaholic. The objective of this thesis is derived from the writer’s curiosity to find out the factors which influence of the main character’s illness named Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD). There are three problems in this thesis. In order to answer the problems, a psychological approach is used because this thesis analyses one’s psychological condition, its causal factor and its effect towards her relationship with other people. The first problem is to find the portrayal of Rebecca’s CBD. In the analysis, Rebecca is portrayed as someone who shows more than four symptoms of CBD which means she suffers from CBD. The second problem is to discover the causes of Rebecca’s CBD. There are some factors which influence Rebecca’s CBD. Those factors are family, society, and media. The third problem is the effect of Rebecca’s CBD towards her relationship with herself and her best – friend, Suze Cleath-Stuart. The study concludes that Rebecca suffers from Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) and the causal factors are influenced by materialism which focuses on the importance of possessions. As the effect, Rebecca’s relationship with herself and other people especially Suze Cleath-Stuart is harmed because of her CBD.
Keyword: Compulsive Buying Disorder, Psychoanalysi