WHAT IS HOARDING? WHY DO PEOPLE HOARD?
WHAT IS TO HOARD? HOWRDING DEFINED:
The word hoard is defined in the dictionary as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, a hoard is defined as a carefully collected and guarded store of money, food or other treasured objects. This definition is not far from the meaning of hoard or hoarding as a verb - except for one little detail - there is nothing 'careful' about "hoarding".
WHY DO PEOPLE HOARD? WHO IS MORE PRONE TO COLLECTING INSURMOUTABLE QUANTITIES OF MAINLY 'USELESS' THINGS?
It typically starts as a controlled thing, but easily gets out of hand. Hoard as a verb means to collect something in (large) quantities and storing it away. Some people hoard clothes, others containers and some even keep animals in uncontrollable and/or unreasonable quantities. this is also why some people regard hoarders as mentally disabled. But are hoarders mentally stable? This next section will probably provide some clues and/or answers.
WHY DO PEOPLE HOARD? HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME HOARDERS? HOW TO OVERCOME THIS CONDITION?
WHY AND HOW PEOPLE GET TO HOARD
"Hoarding" is a very common phenomenon and may indicate underlying emotional baggage - no pun intended. It is emotional, mental and/or psychological. It is very much an obsessive illness, behaviour or disorder if you will - and much related to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
People who keep large quantities of certain stuff or everything may do so for different reasons. Some feel secure when they have stuff surrounding them, while others are just anxious to give or throw anything away - because, "what if they need it"? Often the causes of these insecurities and anxieties are difficult to figure out - which is why you should see a trained/expert psychologist or psychiatrist if you or your loved one has a hoarding problem.