On one level, it is simply surprising how many people either struggle with this painful issue themselves or who have a close friend or family member who suffers from a hoarding problem. And most everyone else can see at least traces of the behavior in themselves. Perhaps because it is often surrounded by a cloak of secrecy and a sense of shame, hoarding has not been a part of popular psychology until now.
On a deeper level, it's fascinating to explore what it is exactly that we're holding on to when we hoard. Certainly, we're holding on to all of the objects that fill our rooms, garages, basements and attics, but surely these objects are symbols for other things — things that are emotional, psychological and existential..." More