Understanding the Psychology of Hoarders

Understanding the Psychology of Hoarders


To the non-hoarder, understanding why individuals would save every little thing that crosses their path is almost impossible. However difficult, making an effort to understand why your loved one hoards is important if you are to help him or her overcome this compulsive behavior. In order to help you help your loved one, or even help yourself, let’s take a look at the underlying causes that drive people to hoard.

Much is still unknown about hoarding, which has only recently been identified as a psychological disorder. Still, researchers believe that genetics plays a role, and studies suggest that 50 percent of hoarders grew up in a household in which hoarding was a problem. It is possible that the hoarding mentality can be passed from parent to child.

Emotional Attachment
Another reason psychologists believe some people hoard is because they have a tendency to attach sentimental value to objects more easily than most people. The nature of the emotional attachment that many hoarders experience with the object they hold on to is not known, but it has been observed to be very strong.

Value Preservation
Sentimental value is not the only type of value that hoarders see in the items they allow to pile up all over their homes. Many hoarders believe that the junk they save has monetary value, or they fear that the value of the things they hold onto would rise in the future after they part with these objects.

A combination of personal encouragement and professional assistance may help hoarders overcome some of their most clutter-creating and emotionally draining behaviors. If you or your loved ones are ready to have junk removed from your home, Silverback Hauling & Demolition can help. We offer household junk removal and hauling services for houses that are in varying states of disarray. To arrange to have a junk removal expert visit your home, give us a call at (619) 618-0676.

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