Settling For Things

“…the desire to not face the stress of reality…”


We might think because our house is not filled to the ceiling with items or garbage that we are not hoarders!  But at the heart of hoarding what people with fewer items share with obvious hoarders is the desire to not face the stress of reality!  I recently came across a cartoon of a couple in a room completely filled with beagles and she asks her husband, paul-noth-this-isn-t-really-about-the-beagles-is-it-new-yorker-cartoon“This isn’t really about the beagles, is it?”  Exactly!  The excessive beagles are a way of focusing on something other than their relationship!  And the sheer quantity of beagles tells us the relationship has serious issues which need to be discussed, the avoidance of which results in ever more beagles!  Hoarding is not really about the items!  The hoarder gathers items around themselves as a fortress and a distraction from the stress of Reality’s demands upon them which is often

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