Why can some people live with only minimal possessions, while others save everything they have ever touched…and eventually are buried by their possessions, by their trash, by their stuff?
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things is written by two scientists who treat have treated hundreds of people suffering from hoarding issues. In the book they explore hoarding behavior through a series of compelling case studies, drawing individual portraits of each hoarder. One sufferer moves papers around but never discards them; one collects thousands of magazines all in perfect condition; one collects HUNDREDS of cats. All have bulging, horrifically untidy homes, completely unlivable because of STUFF.
What hold do possessions have on all of us? Authors Frost and Steketee remind us all how complicated our relationship with stuff has become.
Related titles: (check availability in the online catalog)
Buried in Treasures: help for compulsive acquiring, saving, and hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee.
Compulsive hoarding and acquiring: therapist guide by Gail Steketee, Randy O. Frost.
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow. Fictionalized account of the Collyer Brothers, infamous real-life hoarders who lived in a mansion in New York City.
Hoarders television show on A&E
International OCD Foundation, featuring Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee