Diane Ferbrache's Reviews > Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Stuff by Randy O. Frost
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Feb 22, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: psychology
Read in February, 2011

We've all seen the news features and maybe even the TV series, Hoarding. When does collecting spill over into hoarding? How does hoarding develop? What are the social and psychological implications in a hoarder's life? This book examines those extreme cases and takes a look at these people. It focuses on the author's studies and work with several individuals and families. The book is fascinating. I certainly saw a little of myself in each of the people profiled, although certainly not to the extremes exhibited here. Haven't we all attached meaning to meaningless items at one time or another? Haven't we all saved things that were useless and unnecessary? Why do some people tip over to the point where their collecting and saving impacts their health and safety?

What an interesting book. It was a quick read, aimed at the general populous not scholars. Very fascinating.

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