February 16, 2012
These stories are becoming more common, and it’s so sad. The partially decomposed body of an Illinois woman was recently found in her home, buried in a pile of trash. Authorities were called to the home by a friend of the woman, who said she hadn’t seen her in a month.
A neighbor who was interviewed for the news story said that she started hoarding after her husband passed away. If you watch any of the television shows about hoarding, you hear this theme come up over and over again. I’m sure that there have been hoarders throughout history, but the phenomenon of hoarding seems to be growing, doesn’t it? That may be a perception created by the coverage its getting on television, coverage the issue never got before, but it also seems that there are so many people for them to cover on these shows. Where did all these people come from?
At the National Guild of Hypnotists national convention a couple of years ago I attended a presentation on hoarding by a hypnotist who specializes in that area of practice. I would bet that more hypnotists will develop specialities in this area as the media gives it more and more coverage.
December 06, 2010
I caught this article today on CNN.com about people who spend secretly, hiding their purchases from their partner. They had six people in the article who were willing to confess about what they spend on. You can read it here.
According to the article, about 80% of husbands and wives admit to spending money without telling their partners. The people who spoke about their secret purchases in the article each made irrational statements about their behavior. They’re addicts! They can’t stop repeating the behavior, and they hide the behavior. Why would you hide a behavior if you believed it was appropriate?
These secret spenders are no different than an over-eater, a drug addict, or a sex addict. They’re filling a void in their life, getting a “buzz” off of the buying experience.
August 31, 2010
A 67 year old Las Vegas woman who was reported missing was found by her husband in their home, buried under piles of the things she had hoarded. The home was so filled with clutter that sniffing dogs brought in when the woman was reported missing could not smell her body amongst all the other things in the house. The husband finally saw her feet sticking out from a pile of belongings, four months after she was reported missing.
Hoarding is a compulsive behavior that has gotten more and more attention from the media in the past couple of years. There are two reality tv shows devoted to hoarding. It is estimated that between 2 and 5 percent of Americans suffer from hoarding behavior.
I believe that hypnosis can help people who suffer from hoarding behaviors, but it’s not a magic bullet. Hypnosis can help people re-program the way they respond to behavioral triggers. It can also help us re-frame the way we think about ourselves and our world. When we have limiting beliefs, those beliefs inform our decision-making process. We often make decisions based much more on emotions than on rationality. Hypnosis can help us leverage this emotional influence system to make positive changes in our lives.
July 20, 2010
There has been significantly more attention from the media over the past couple years given to the phenomenon of hoarding. Both A&E and TLC have shows dedicated to the topic. This behavior appears to be much more common than most of us realize.
According to CNN.com, police in Skokie, Illinois responded to a home where a women had died, but there was so much stuff in the house that they could not remove the body. They had to call fire and rescue and have them cut a hole in the roof and take the body out that way. Apparently the residents of the home had to crawl on top of the debris to get from room to room.
Hoarding is believed by some to be connected to obsessive-compulsive disorder, but more study is being done on it. People who hoard do not see their behavior as a problem, and this makes treatment for their behavior difficult. The DSM-IV does not have an official definition and diagnostic criteria for hoarding, but professionals who specialize in treating this disorder have developed criteria. You can see some examples at the wikipedia page on hoarding.
I have never worked with a compulsive hoarder before, but I know that there are some hypnotists out there who specialize in this area. Last year I saw Beverly Taylor speak about her work in this area at the national convention for the National Guild of Hypnotists.
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