Thanks, it sounds interesting. I'm going to have to look for it.Originally Posted by swissmiss150;3910786;If anyone ever comes to this board again, I just read an excellent new book called "Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things" by Randy O. Frost and Gail Strekette, which explains how some hoarders think about their hoarding.
They cited the case of one woman who suffered from a very rigid sense of responsibility and severe perfectionism. She couldn't tolerate mistakes and almost always chose inactivity over the possibility of doing somethng less than perfectly.
They also found that sometimes taking photos of the mess and then showing them to the person had a startling effect. Sometimes the subject didn't even recognize it as THEIR mess. They were so used to living in a mess that they didn't 'see' it the way others did.
If you want tips on organizing, this book won't help, but I found it very insightful in explaining how hoarders think.