We all have treasured possessions a favorite pair of shoes, a much-beloved chair, an ever-expanding record collection. But sometimes, this emotional attachment to our belongings can spiral out of control and culminate into a condition called compulsive hoarding. From hobbyists and collectors to pack rats and compulsive shoppers it is close to impossible for hoarders to relinquish their precious objects, even if it means that stuff takes over their lives and their homes.
According to psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. Even though it may not regularly interfere with our everyday lives, to some degree or another, many of us hoard.
"The Hoarder In You" provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she's encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.
About the Author
Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW, is the host of Animal Planet's series My Extreme Animal Phobia and a featured doctor on the Emmy Award-winning hit A&E series Hoarders.
"I would say that Dr. Zasio’s book is about the best self-help work I’ve read in my 46 years as a health and science writer. She seems to know all the excuses and impediments to coping effectively with a cluttering problem, and she offers practical, clinically proven antidotes to them."
– Jane Brody, The New York Times
"An easy to read, well-organized guide to improving your life and reforming the way you look at the mundane."
– Publisher’s Weekly