Genetics or Environmental...cause for hoarding?
Just thought I would see what you all think as I have been wondering about it the last few days.
I don't mean the extreme condition that someone just posted there was a movie about. I mean just mildly...probably like most or many of us here.
My daughter with a 5 year old and a 10 year old recently told me a story about her children and about collecting and getting rid of "stuff". The older one collected everything and wanted to hold on to everything. The younger one collected some, but not as much as the older one. When the younger one was feeling that she had out grown something, both clothes and toys and would not use them again, she happily gave them away, even if they were almost brand new.
My daughter feels that it is genetic for sure. My daughter tends to be a collector of clothes and stuff too. So she knows she did not teach the behavior the younger child exhibits.
I know that I am different than my mother and one sister, probably the same as the other. My brother I am not sure of. My mother would not and still does not at 86 tolerate a piece of paper out of place or even in the house that is not needed.
Seems to me it probably is genetic. What do you think? I thought it might be a good topic to toss around.