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I agree, poppycock, if that were true we would all be hoarders. Hoarding is natural, but the degree it is needed can vary.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Originally posted by elaine
Hoarding is a mental disorder. I think it's caused by insecurity or fear.
What absolute poppycock.
Hoarding is natural. If by our very nature we as a human race had never hoarded anything, then we'd still be running around naked (like mad apes).
Edit: on topic. Suggest she take up a creative hobby. Possibly writing or painting or music.
From the sounds of things she's just addicted to gathering.
[edit on 18-11-2009 by mr-lizard]
I saw the link, and although it is interesting to read psychological treatment techniques, and because I have a degree in psychology I should find it helpful, but it is my degree and my education that have left me leary of psychology.
Originally posted by femmefreud
reply to post by seagrass
SEAGRASS. I sent a link to you via u2u , you may find it interesting. Your people sound sweet, And lucky to have you !!
reply to post by seagrass
They are only lucky to have me because I clean their house for them.. and I am lucky because they pay me.
No she doest have quite that much now, But yes i believe she would fill it up. she keeps everything,newspapers ,just picks out the living section, keys ,shoestrings. enoughr bags of clothes to clothe 500 people.dishes . 2 or 3 of every cleaner shampoo air freshener,you can imagine. 14 cats , she collects brass, eagles wizards masks feathers beads marbles, magazines vacum cleaners ,fans old computer parts, rubberband markes pens. and anything blue
Just think of it like this... If you put all of her stuff in a mansion... would it be an unreasonable amount? Do you think she would need to fill the mansion up to capacity still?
Why do people smoke knowing it is "bad" for them? And controversially others? Why do people race cars? Jump out of airplanes? Play with snakes? Why do people do many of the things that are bad or unhealthy for them?
Why do we care?
Yes thats what i told her , to just let me know what to do and i will do it , Oh and i know it will be back that way, I worked my azz off doing it before and poof. i wont give up on her , But cuz it get back agin she doesnt want help cuz she feels bad.
It is a process and an adjustment. If you help her, my best advice is to let her decide what is let go of. Offer reasons and questions for why she keeps a certain thing. Offer her ways to feel better about releasing it...such as the ability to write off donations on taxes..etc.