Stuff Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

ISBN-10: 015101423X

ISBN-13: 9780151014231

Edition: 2010

Authors: Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee

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We've seen them in a Dateline story or an Oprah feature: homes that have become improbable repositories of literally tons of stuff. The camera crews zoom in on rooms crammed floor-to-ceiling with stacks of newspapers and magazines. We watch, fascinated, as professional organizers attack the untidy rooms, or the host expresses horror at a filthy kitchen, but never ask the larger question: How did it come to this?STUFF is the first book to explore compulsive hoarding, a disorder that affects as many as six million people. Using the latest research, much of which they pioneered in their decade of study, along with vivid case histories of a range of hoarders (animal collectors, compulsive shoppers, elderly packrats, scavengers), Frost and Steketee describe the various causes of hoarding psychological and biologicaland the traits by which you can identify a hoarder. In a portrait that disproves many of our assumptions about the often-hidden disease (for example, most hoarders aren't reacting to childhood poverty or deprivation), they also examine the forces behind a hoarder's behavior and the ways in which they affect all of us, whether it's the passion of a collector, the rigor of someone whose desk is always clean, the sentimentality of the person who saves ticket stubs.For the sufferers, their relatives and friends, and all the rest of us with complicated relationships to our things, STUFF answers the question of what happens when our stuff starts to own us.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/20/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Dead Body in the Collyer Mansion: A Prologue to Hoarding
Piles upon Piles: The Story of Hoarding
We are What We Own: Owning, Collecting, and Hoarding
Amazing Junk: The Pleasures of Hoarding
Bunkers and Cocoons: Playing It Safe
A Fragment of Me: Identity and Attachment
Rescue: Saving Animals from a Life on the Streets
A River of Opportunities
Avoiding the Agony
You Haven't Got a Clue
A Tree with Too Many Branches: Genetics and the Brain
A Pack Rat in the Family
But It's Mine! Hoarding in Children
Having, Being, and Hoarding
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