Feb 172011

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee is all about hoarding, people who hoard, and the psychology behind it. The book is very interesting. It is filled with stories about specific hoarders the authors have met. It not only describes their hoarding, but also the type of hoarder they are, and some of the psychology and reasons behind the hoarding.

Each chapter is about a specific type of hoarding, and I didn’t realize that there were so many different types. The most tragic chapter is about children hoarders. It is very sad.

Overall, the book is easy to read. It is very conversational, yet still describe the psychology aspect very well. It really highlights the lack of research into hoarding. Even though it has been around for a VERY long time, there really isn’t much known about the causes for it.

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who knows a hoarder, is a hoarder, or just likes watching the hoarding shows on tv.

Rating: 5/5
Source: Local library

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