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The Compulsive Money-Spender Personality Type

Updated on February 23, 2013

Compulsive Spenders manage finances in a care-free way that allows for fun. Anyone who suggests putting a budget together and sticking to it may find they have just handed out an insult. The suggestion, even when kindly offered, can be too readily taken as criticism of the Compulsive Spender's care-free manner being totally irresponsible—even should they have been known to easily blow the rent or food money!

Money management to them is keeping their expenditure options open. This is their top financial priority. When they think they are being unfairly restricted, they may become deeply offended by the implication that they do not know what they are doing when it comes to personal finances.

The Compulsive Spender has a temperament that one contemporary branch of psychology (Myers-Briggs typology) would label SP for Sensing-Perceiving.

Hurdles for the Compulsive Spender

The Sensing-Perceiving (SP) temperament type of the Compulsive Spender are the Myers-Briggs® personality types of ESTP, ISTP, ESFP and ISFP. People of these types have a peculiar tendency in their spending habits. They tend to manage their finances in a care-free way for fun impact.

Their true need for fun, however, can present a challenge if they fail to connect it with any defined planning. Should he or she not stop to think first, their optimistic response to some new exciting adventure that comes along may lack the required financial capital.


Motto: Spend, and God will send.

Financial Satisfaction for the Compulsive Spender

The Compulsive Spender can reconnect current spending to the budget by periodically comparing actual expenses with established budget plans.

Freedom for "fun" expenses can have a clear place by keeping the Compulsive Spender's care-free money management to a few helpful guidelines. Setting s 24-hour rule can help the Compulsive Spender to

  1. give him or her a chance to "sleep on" a decision about a financial expenditure, and
  2. help the Compulsive Spender's thinking to catch up with what initially felt good at the time.

Avoiding credit can do the same thing. Setting aside funds planned as "easy-come, easy-go" money can allow their compulsiveness the desired freedom to respond to unplanned, welcomed opportunities for fun, and at the same time keep their hands off their savings.

Habits of the Compulsive

This preference for some freedom to spend on compulsion also means the Compulsive Spender will

  • not want to miss the moment, and
  • find fun and adventure in the uncertainty.

They tend, therefore, to

  • buy now,
  • have little store or brand loyalty, and
  • have ingenuity in how to pay.

There are four money personalities

Don’t quite resonate with traits of the Compulsive Spender? Check out descriptions of the Generous Spender, Strategic Spender and Tightfisted Spenders

Much of the above is based on material that was presented in a powerpoint by Ray Linder.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good to hear from you, vrajavala, and thanks for your encouragement! Yes, this think there is some genetic predispositions, too, when I think of the personality types of a person's parents :). Interesting to get your thoughts.

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      I believe that there are genetic predispositions to this.

      Like to hear more psychology. good work.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Fun to know, Betty! This one is quite different than the other one you relate to more.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      This is the only one I'm sure does NOT fit me.