Hoarding expert on NPR

If you missed Smith College psychology professor Randy Frost and Boston University Dean of the School of Social Work Gail Steketee talking about hoarding and their new book, “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” then take a minute –OK, actually about 17 minutes –to listen to the podcast from NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

One of Frost’s comments touches on the distinction between hoarding and collecting, which is a topic I’ve visited before. Here’s what he says:

One of the questions we get all the time from people is, ‘What’s the difference between someone who has a hoarding problem and someone who is a collector?’ What we’ve noticed is a couple of major differences between the two. First of all, when people collect things, they typically organize them in a pretty systematic fashion — and that doesn’t happen in hoarding. The other thing is, when people collect things, they typically want to display them to other people. … Hoarders want to keep things hidden because of the shame they have.”

What information about hoarding surprised you most?


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