Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
A thoughtfully researched and fascinating appraisal of what happens when our stuff starts to own us What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper that’s ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a person to sacrifice her marriage or career for an accumulation of seemingly useless... show more
A thoughtfully researched and fascinating appraisal of what happens when our stuff starts to own us What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper that’s ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a person to sacrifice her marriage or career for an accumulation of seemingly useless things? Randy Frost and Gail Steketee were the first to study hoarding when they began their work a decade ago. They didn't expect that they would end up treating hundreds of patients and fielding thousands of calls from the families of hoarders. Their vivid case studies (reminiscent of Oliver Sacks) in Stuff show how you can identify a hoarder—piles on sofas and beds that make the furniture useless, houses that can be navigated only by following small paths called goat trails, vast piles of paper that the hoarders “churn” but never discard, even collections of animals and garbage—and illuminate the pull that possessions exert over all of us. Whether we’re savers, collectors, or compulsive cleaners, very few of us are in fact free of the impulses that drive hoarders to extremes.
Publish date: April 20th 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
Both my father and my mother in-law hoard in a big way. In the case of my father, it's to the point where he won't give me my inheritance from my great-great grandmother even though the deal was to give it to me when I bought my first home. My mother in-law's case is a bit more pronounced. She has s...
Very engaging and compassionate study of hoarders. I found it a little repetitive at times, and I would have liked a little more on the "meaning of things" side. Still, it's fascinating reading.
I have one dog and three cats, onec at more than my limit. Any cat above two is “crazy cat women” territory (in my own circumstances) I'm hoping the presence of the dog would offset this. My mom thinks three cats = animal hoarder.She didn’t have to worry, I’m neither an animal hoarder nor a stuf...
No sé si sentirme mejor o peor por mi ligero caso de hoarding.
I've seen a few epsiodes of the Hoarders TV show so I was curious about this book. The book takes a much less sensationalized approach with case studies, the psychological basis for the problems, and the approaches to treating them. Not terribly engrossing but usually very interesting.