This result was a complete surprise. This statement seemed to unearth a group of people who were not necessarily "compulsive" hoarders, but who at least had a strong tendency to hoard, to the extent that at least part of their home could not be used for its original purpose because of the accumulation of stuff in it. There are various definitions of hoarding:
Definition: Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, such as notes, flyers, or newspapers. Compulsive hoarding can, though does not inevitably, lead to severe cluttering of the person’s home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space, causing significant distress or impairment of work or social life.
The Medical DefinitionIn 1996 Randy O Frost and Tamara L Hartl defined compulsive hoarding with the following:
- The acquisition of, and failure to discard, possessions that appear to be of useless or of limited value.
- Living spaces so cluttered that using the room as intended is impossible
- Significant distress or impairment to function.
I created a hoarding questionnaire which you can see here, but I think I am still asking the wrong questions. This is where I was with the whole womb twin survivor project ten years ago - I knew that there were millions of womb twin survivors out there, but how could I find the right questions in order to identify them? How is hoarding linked to the Dream of the Womb? If we could find out it would help a lot of people!
- It is about taking up space in the womb, that you feel guilty about?
- Is it about conflicting ideas of having and not having - of having everything but not feeling allowed to have anything?
- Is it about a sense of scarcity? Such as a lost twin may have experienced, to suchj an exnet that they died?
- Is it about identifying with your lost twin, squashed and shrinking into a corner of the womb besides your developing body?
- Is it about holding on to everything and anything that may be related to your twin, lost long ago?
- Is it simply a form of self sabotage, or self defeating behaviour?
- Is it about life and death, a life-long unfinished task, that must be completed to keep everything whole and together?
WHAT IS IT????
Any comments welcomed!
Hoarding has been described as a way of holding on to old relationships - click here to see a video that describes hoarding as art - this is a very lovely way to celebrate what was in fact an act of love......