Over the months Annie and I have been meeting, she began to understand how her compulsion to acquire has served as a stand-in for the love her family didn't offer. Each new item she hoards provides her with self-esteem on some level: "I have things, therefore, I have value."
Her strategy is self-preserving. She had to feel love from somewhere and material objects were available to imbue with all the feeling she longed for, much like clinging to a beloved teddy bear who in a child's mind loves you back in equal measure. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.