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Hoarding:Quest for Survival Object Relation Perspective


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1 Department of Psychology, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Psychology, Amity University, Lucknow Campus, Uttar Pradesh, India
     

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate analytical causal factor contributing in the development of pathological hoarding and individual's reluctance to dispose of material possessions. This paper attempts to see hoarding phenomenon as part of psychopathology among psychologically disturbed population which is not uncommon. Articles earlier discussed however vary in their explanation of hoarding behavior Human beings are innately formulated to fill the gaps consciously or unconsciously. Inner world of the individual cast lasting impression to the covert and overt behavior of individual. Functional hoarders might be those individuals who accumulate a large number of items that seems useless or of limited value for others and have difficulties to dispose of such items without clear conscious motivation or control (Greenberg et al., 1990; Sookman, Abramowitz, Calamari, Wilhelm,&McKay, 2005). Observations on patients, discussion with them on the above mentioned issues, who were identified as hoarders, individuals who accumulate objects privately and are unable to dispose without clear conscious motivation or control, constitute the primary data for this paper Impact of internal untulfilled wishes can be seen in exaggerated personification brought into the inanimate object by the hoarder In investigating the underlying reasons for accumulating objects and resisting dispossession, informants show evidence of being reflective consumers who perceive dispose as a threat to inner world (unconscious). Unknown Psychological deficits, memory, to security. This paper confirms current literature regarding the role of possessions as symbolic representations of one sided established interpersonal ties with others and as a signal to past experiences. The paper supports that possessions provide a sense of security to the owner which is unconscious in pathological conditions.. Finally, this paper reinforces that preserving material objects cultivate a vision for being optimistic to some extent about the future. Ultimately, informants' motivations to accumulate, to keep, and to not-dispose of objects reflects a desire to reassemble the fragments of their self and helps to reunite temporal experience into a unique space where memories of broken emotions, trust and support can restructured to feel gratification for the survival of the entity. This paper gives an opportunity for the reader to personally evaluate hoarding behviour and to develop their understanding of highly analytical and dynamic aspect of hoarding as psychopathology. In this paper hoarding phenomenon as psychopathology from psycho-analytic perspective has been explored. Important is the fact that hoarders finds value in hoarded items. This statement might be important from treatment perspective. Analytical explanation of the psychopathology embedded in the hoarding phenomenon would certainly help to seek possible means of psychological intervention. This could be an important focus for treatment.

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Hoarding, Unconscious, Object Relation.
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Lalit Kumar Singh
Department of Psychology, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kiran Srivastava
Department of Psychology, Amity University, Lucknow Campus, Uttar Pradesh, India

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate analytical causal factor contributing in the development of pathological hoarding and individual's reluctance to dispose of material possessions. This paper attempts to see hoarding phenomenon as part of psychopathology among psychologically disturbed population which is not uncommon. Articles earlier discussed however vary in their explanation of hoarding behavior Human beings are innately formulated to fill the gaps consciously or unconsciously. Inner world of the individual cast lasting impression to the covert and overt behavior of individual. Functional hoarders might be those individuals who accumulate a large number of items that seems useless or of limited value for others and have difficulties to dispose of such items without clear conscious motivation or control (Greenberg et al., 1990; Sookman, Abramowitz, Calamari, Wilhelm,&McKay, 2005). Observations on patients, discussion with them on the above mentioned issues, who were identified as hoarders, individuals who accumulate objects privately and are unable to dispose without clear conscious motivation or control, constitute the primary data for this paper Impact of internal untulfilled wishes can be seen in exaggerated personification brought into the inanimate object by the hoarder In investigating the underlying reasons for accumulating objects and resisting dispossession, informants show evidence of being reflective consumers who perceive dispose as a threat to inner world (unconscious). Unknown Psychological deficits, memory, to security. This paper confirms current literature regarding the role of possessions as symbolic representations of one sided established interpersonal ties with others and as a signal to past experiences. The paper supports that possessions provide a sense of security to the owner which is unconscious in pathological conditions.. Finally, this paper reinforces that preserving material objects cultivate a vision for being optimistic to some extent about the future. Ultimately, informants' motivations to accumulate, to keep, and to not-dispose of objects reflects a desire to reassemble the fragments of their self and helps to reunite temporal experience into a unique space where memories of broken emotions, trust and support can restructured to feel gratification for the survival of the entity. This paper gives an opportunity for the reader to personally evaluate hoarding behviour and to develop their understanding of highly analytical and dynamic aspect of hoarding as psychopathology. In this paper hoarding phenomenon as psychopathology from psycho-analytic perspective has been explored. Important is the fact that hoarders finds value in hoarded items. This statement might be important from treatment perspective. Analytical explanation of the psychopathology embedded in the hoarding phenomenon would certainly help to seek possible means of psychological intervention. This could be an important focus for treatment.

Keywords


Hoarding, Unconscious, Object Relation.