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Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop Paperback – 2004
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They do mention well-known cognitive strategies (all or nothing thinking, overgeneralization, jumping to conclusions and others). They try to apply them in "flash cards" of the kind "I am a loser because my house is such a mess". Yet most hoarders do not feel this way. They feel attached to their possessions, they can't throw them away. They do not see themselves as losers per se, but strangely attached to things that they know they must depart from but that they can't.
The authors use "flash card" with statements such as "I can't throw away these plastics bags" to be put against "should statements" and "jumping to conclusions". Yet the real thing behind what hoarders feel is not what these techniques show. The real thing is called fear. These techniques do not address them.
Later in the chapter, "cleaning the clutter", a lot of time is devoted to tell hoarders that they should separate their stuff in the categories "save", "discard" and "handle immediately". A typical hoarder will put most of his/her stuff back in the "save" category! The authors ask them to apply cognitive strategies explained in an earlier chapter without actually going through them for each type of possession and addressing the fear that hoarders feel.Read more ›
If you're not a hoarder, then this book won't be very useful to you because you just won't relate to the reasons they present as to why you save stuff.
They also don't list all the reasons why people save, but you can apply their techniques and insights to whatever reasons you have for saving. I didn't go through the flashcards exercise (too cumbersome) but the method is useful if you just remember and apply the reasons.
The Exposure with Response Prevention (E/RP) technique was new to me and I've found it very useful to prevent the acquisition of new stuff, mostly magazines.
In conclusion, if you hoard and save stuff, then this book is highly recommended. If you're not a hoarder, then this material will just seem foreign to you.
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A very good written book on helping with hoarding. I tend to hoard books. and Clothes. It is a small short book so its a very easy read. Many helpful things in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tonda Groetzinger
I'm a smarty. But I did get some additional pointers. It is helpful, if you are new to wanting to clear up your thinking and clean up your surroundings.Published 7 months ago by Happy Buyer :-)
I am a mild hoarder and have had to help many times w a sister who is a HORRIBLE hoarder, like on the show. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ThirstyMindBooks via Rachel Dean
I have not had a chance to read this yet but I have heard that it is a great book to read to overcome hoardingPublished 19 months ago by Mike R.