When is Normal not Normal: Obsessive Collection Implies Hoarding

There always comes a point in one’s life when collecting something has become a habit. You find something eye-catching, you buy it, and the next thing you know, you buy another one until you have a collection for yourself. That’s just normal, and it happens.

But when does something so normal become abnormal? When does collecting your favorite things or valuables become an obsession? When is this love for keeping items classified as a hoarding disorder?

A psychologist and co-author of “Abnormal Psychology”, Robin Rosenberg opened up about hoarding.

“A collector, in theory, will sell or cull a collection when they don’t have enough room for all the objects,” Rosenberg said. “A hoarder will just fill the room; literally fill the room to the brim.”

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