Week 33: Stuff

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

Frost and Steketee try to explain the difficult and complex mental disorder of hoarding. Lots of people collect stuff or live in some degree of mess, but hoarders do it to an extreme and cannot let go of items, no matter how useless. This book focuses entirely on the psychological aspects of the illness: different manifestations (such as animal hoarding or trash-collecting instead of plain hoarding), possible causes, and the difficulties of treatment. It does not address topics such as physical illness caused by hoarding or damage to buildings, that sort of thing.

It's a really interesting book.


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