Yes!! Informative book on the psychology behind hording and a look at the differences in horders' brains vs. non-horders'.
True life examples and realness of people described
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is interested in hoarding, or suffers from it, or anyone in between. This book includes an interesting discussion about genetics and hoarding.
Putting books on the back burner.
This title was extremely interesting to learn about people with hoarding and their set of minds of materials belonging to them. In a way, we are all have the characteristics of being a hoarder. How many times have we thought about throwing something away and then saving it for later and eventually being lost in the pile? This book was very informative at bringing up the cause of the symptoms rather than the problem.
I, and many people that I know have a problem of digital hoarding. I have a tendency of keeping files on my hard drives, taking up terabytes on my computers, leading toward an emotional meltdown when the system crashes and data are not recoverable. The types of files that I have on my computer, have no sufficient value to me and others, like my 8th grade paper on photosynthesis, but it is still there on redundant backups.
I will probably never read this book again, but it is saved on my drives and backed up.
How many albums do you have on your IPods and how often do you listen to them?
Digital Hoarding is the next obsession.
I downloaded this on a whim, when there was a buy one special. My gma always collected and her house was full, but clean, my dad, many of my aunts on both sides of the family, my sister and myself all collect different stuff. If you are a collector of "Stuff" or know someone who is, this is eye opening and educational, while telling true examples of hoarding.
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
There are hundreds of books that tell people how to lose weight, but until the person understands why they are overweight, what motivates them to over-eat, they aren't going to be successful at losing weight or keeping it off. The same is true of all the books on how to organize and de-clutter. This book gives the reader an understanding of why it's so hard for the hoarder to "lose those extra pounds" and keep them off. It's not just lack of willpower or laziness.
In the same way that some obese patients gain back the weight they initially lost after bariatric surgery, the "forced clean-out" isn't successful for the true hoarder. Without understanding why they do it, they don't change the habits and lifestyle that caused the problem.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I'm sure that most people will recognize and be able to understand some of the hoarding traits in this book in family or friends, and maybe they will recognize and understand a little of themselves.
The author provides case histories of different hoarders which is something I always enjoy in a nonfiction pschological type book. It is well written and yo care about these people as they struggle with the odd form of obsessive/compulsive disorder.
I grew up in a house next to a pair of hoarders. Oddly, I now live in a house that shares a rear property line with another pair of hoarders. Both tended to derelict automobiles. This book offers the layperson tremendous insight into such behavior while at the same time admitting that hoarding is simply not a great way to live. The case studies are illuminating and fascinating. I too now look at my messy desk and sigh in relief.
I think these authors struggled to find the balance between an academic piece of work, a self-help guide, and a case study approach to a fascinating illness. The book had moments of highly engaging and insightful content, but this lack of clear identity made it a less than stellar read. The narrator was also mediocre at best, monotonous at points and struggled with an attempt at a feminine pitch at times.
I find psychological aspects of hoarding interesting and allows readers to understand it from an academic perspective. Super educational and I very much enjoyed the book. Resources for assistance identified at end of book.