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How We Clutter
Emotions Shape What We Buy, Save
Jane E. Brody guides New York Times readers on how a person’s beliefs and emotions may lead to excessive buying and saving that results in cluttered spaces. Hoarding is the act of acquiring many possessions and the failure to discard them, resulting in the accumulation of clutter (Frost & Gross, 1993). It is important to consider that the extent to which hoarding gets in the way of healthy living varies from person to person and within a person’s lifetime. Ms. Brody offers reasonable suggestions for how to de-clutter, including setting manageable action-oriented goals, acting committedly and quickly, and relying on friends and others who can provide more objective appraisals of belongings. Making and maintaining these changes can be hard.
CBT for Hoarding Can Help
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for hoarding disorder helps individuals reduce their acquiring and saving habits, develop new skills to categorize and discard items, and learn new ways of thinking and relating to their possessions. Those who find it difficult to implement Ms. Brody’s suggestions on their own may benefit from professional help. If you believe that you or a loved one may benefit from this professional help, consider using ABCT’s “find a therapist” feature, https://services.abct.org/find-a-therapist/
Frost, R. O., & Gross, R. C. (1993). The hoarding of possessions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 31(4), 367–381. https://doi.org/10.1016/0005-7967(93)90094-B
To see the full New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/20/well/mind/how-to-declutter.html?referringSource=articleShare
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Maria Jiménez-Salazar M.A, Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University;
Nicholas C Crimarco Ph.D.