For people infected with consumerism, shopping is more than a sober process of acquisition. It is a passion, an obsession, a way to get high. Christmas time, when people pile on the presents, can bring out the best and the worst.
When those magic red sale signs lure you into a store, your brain forgets everything else. Need it? Not really. Want it? Yes. Shopping can be like a drug. Neuroscientist Christian Elger explains why.
It's a yearly ritual: Berlin turns into a giant Christmas market a month before the year's end. Yet the anniversary of last year's tragic terror attack is dampening the festive mood, says DW's columnist Gero Schliess.
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