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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

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maylingkuo, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by maylingkuo)
this book is amazing - an insightful foray into the world of hoarding. i feel like i learned so much about people that have these strong connections with things; randy frost is truly doing some important work.
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bruce erickson, April 5, 2011 (view all comments by bruce erickson)
Well-written, eloquent and a compelling read. I read it cover to cover in one day. What drives people to value worthless "stuff" to the extent they lose their jobs, their friends, their families? Is there a "cure?" Find out in this fascinating study. Great writing by two eminent pyschologists.
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JLH3279, March 11, 2011 (view all comments by JLH3279)
This book is amazing. Even though hoarding has become more widely-known and sensationalized through current reality television programs, this book shows how little truly is known about the disorder. It uses case studies to show the different types of hoarding as well as ways of thinking about personal belongings that you may find shocking. It was a fascinating, concise view into how our views on sentimental or useful items can easily turn into a debilitating disorder. Highly recommended.
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Randy Frost and Gail Steketee
Mariner Books
Steketee, Gail
Frost, Randy
Herring, Scott
Psychopathology - Compulsive Behavior
Compulsive behavior
Psychology-Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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from 9
24 halftones, 1 line drawing
9 x 6 in
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from 14

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Product details 208 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547422558 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Who knew stuff was so important?  My God, read this book and you will never look at your own stuff the same way again. It's really very chilling to see how life can become so complicated by something so seemingly innocuous. Frost and Steketee do an excellent job of peeling away the layers of pathology and leaving the core problems exposed. A riveting read!

"Review" by , "Pioneering researchers offer a superb overview of a complex disorder that interferes with the lives of more than six-million Americans....Writing with authority and compassion, the authors tell the stories of diverse men and women who acquire and accumulate possessions to the point where their apartments or homes are dangerously cluttered with mounds of newspapers, clothing and other objects....An absorbing, gripping, important report."
"Review" by , "Like those classics of psychological study, A. R. Luria's The Mind of the Mnemonist and Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Stuff is authoritative, haunting, and mysterious. It is also intensely, not to say compulsively readable."
"Review" by , "A fascinating book — Stuff is the stuff of nightmares, of people living in a world subsumed by their obsession to collect and hoard things. You will surely recognize, to one degree or another, a part of yourself in these portraits."
"Review" by , "Eye-opening...Frost and Steketee write with real sympathy and appreciation for hoarders....This succinct, illuminating book will prove helpful to hoarders, their families, and mental health professionals who work with them."
"Review" by , "An excellent starting point for family, friends, and neighbors of hoarders, but the vivid writing will attract readers who enjoy fiction or memoirs about extreme behavior."
"Review" by , "Very intriguing....Most readers will recognize some aspects of themselves in the people the authors discuss. We may not be hoarders exactly, but the authors make us take a closer look at our own lives, wondering (for example) about that very fine line that divides a collector from a hoarder. Fascinating stuff."
"Review" by , "[The authors] invite us graciously into territory that might otherwise make us squirm....To those who need to understand hoarders, perhaps in their own family, Stuff offers perspective. For general readers, it is likely to provide useful stimulus for examining how we form and justify our own attachments to objects."
"Review" by , "Stuff is worth reading not only because of the authors' authority on the subject, but also because of its elegant prose, and its nuanced and well-researched take on the subject."
"Review" by , "[The authors'] examples are rich in storytelling and dialogue, and they admirably balance a fascination with the psychological profiles of their subject with a deep sympathy for their plights....The book is a valuable study of a poorly understood condition."
"Review" by , "Amazing....Utterly engrossing."
"Review" by , "Gripping....A highly readable account of this perplexing impulse....The book succeeds beyond mere voyeurism, because Stuff invites readers to reevaluate their desire for things."
"Synopsis" by , With vivid portraits that show the traits by which a hoarder can be identified, Frost and Steketee explore the compulsion through a series of compelling case studies, and illuminate the pull that possessions exert on all of us.
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Two acclaimed psychologists take us inside the fascinating lives of compulsive hoarders
"Synopsis" by , We've seen them in a Dateline story or an Oprah feature: homes that have become improbable repositories of — literally — tons of stuff. The camera crews zoom in on rooms crammed floor-to-ceiling with stacks of newspapers and magazines. We watch, fascinated, as professional organizers attack the untidy rooms, or the host expresses horror at a filthy kitchen, but never ask the larger question: How did it come to this?

Stuff is the first book to explore compulsive hoarding, a disorder that affects as many as six million people. Using the latest research, much of which they pioneered in their decade of study, along with vivid case histories of a range of hoarders (animal collectors, compulsive shoppers, elderly packrats, scavengers), Frost and Steketee describe the various causes of hoarding — psychological and biological — and the traits by which you can identify a hoarder. In a portrait that disproves many of our assumptions about the often-hidden disease (for example, most hoarders aren't reacting to childhood poverty or deprivation), they also examine the forces behind a hoarder's behavior and the ways in which they affect all of us, whether it's the passion of a collector, the rigor of someone whose desk is always clean, the sentimentality of the person who saves ticket stubs.

For the sufferers, their relatives and friends, and all the rest of us with complicated relationships to our things, Stuff answers the question of what happens when our stuff starts to own us.

"Synopsis" by ,
The verb and#147;declutterand#8221; has not yet made it into theand#160;Oxford English Dictionary, but its ever-increasing usage suggests that itand#8217;s only a matter of time. Articles containing tips and tricks on how to get organized cover magazine pages and pop up in TV programs and commercials, while clutter professionals and specialists referred to as and#147;clutterologistsand#8221; are just a phone call away. Everywhere the sentiment is the same: clutter is bad.

Inand#160;The Hoarders, Scott Herring provides an in-depth examination of how modern hoarders came into being, from their onset in the late 1930s to the present day. He finds that both the idea of organization and the role of the clutterologist are deeply ingrained in our culture, and that there is a fine line between clutter and deviance in America. Herring introduces us to Jill, whose countertops are piled high with decaying food and whose cabinets are overrun with purchases, while the fly strips hanging from her ceiling are arguably more fly than strip. When Jill spots a decomposing pumpkin about to be jettisoned, she stops, seeing in the rotting, squalid vegetable a special treasure. and#147;Iand#8217;ve never seen one quite like this before,and#8221; she says, and looks to see if any seeds remain. It is from moments like these that Herring builds his questions: What counts as an acceptable material lifeand#151;and who decides? Is hoarding some sort of inherent deviation of the mind, or a recent historical phenomenon grounded in changing material cultures? Herring opts for the latter, explaining that hoarders attract attention not because they are mentally ill but because they challenge normal modes of material relations. Piled high with detailed and, at times, disturbing descriptions of uncleanliness,and#160;The Hoardersand#160;delivers a sweeping and fascinating history of hoarding that will cause us all to reconsider how we view these accumulators of clutter.

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