Hoarding books, how do I stop?

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juro
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Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by juro » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:18 pm

My collection has grown to over 4,000 books. My basement is full, but I can't stop buying books.
There is a secondhand shop on my way home from work. Every day there is new stuff.

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Eric Schiedler
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Re: Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by Eric Schiedler » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:48 am

Do you hoard anything else? Or just books?

If it is everything, then probably only a doctor/specialist can be qualified to help.

If it is only books, it reminds me of the story of a medical doctor in charge of treating heroin addicts in Vancouver, B.C. He wrote that the addicts couldn't stop themselves once they got on their routine to get the drug. But he himself had to admit that he couldn't stop himself from hoarding classical music CD's. He would read a review about amazing, new recordings, then buy more and more to the point that he bought them without ever listening to the music.

You can get hooked on almost anything that gives a physical response or reward to the brain, particularly if it is a stress-relieving habit. In the case of a collection, you then see it as an "extension" of yourself and probably love it sentimentally. In this case, the best advice I've heard is to "replace" it with a "higher" addiction - a purpose to your life dedicated to a higher goal, of course, if by the grace of Nature you are caused to do so.

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Re: Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by juro » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:38 pm

just books?
no, i also download books & movies.
he bought them without ever listening to the music.
me too, I almost never do anything with them.


Thanks Eric.

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Re: Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by jupiviv » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:21 pm

If you are just buying random books and adding them to your collection without any fixed goal or reason, then you're probably trying to avoid thinking about something.

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Re: Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by juro » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:27 am

jupiviv wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:21 pm
If you are just buying random books and adding them to your collection without any fixed goal or reason, then you're probably trying to avoid thinking about something.
Yes, reading & studying these books is hard to do. All I ever collect is high level science, math, and biographies & history.
My time as a student was a horrible time, and I struggled to get decent marks, especially in math. What could have helped
was seeing more worked-out examples of how to solve problems.

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Re: Hoarding books, how do I stop?

Post by Glostik91 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:19 pm

Some of the things I've done to manage my collections is to do a little organizing every day. Build a habit. You buy a book, you organize 10 books. I find once you start organizing, it actually becomes a rather enjoyable activity (for me at least). Group your items into alphabetical blocks (by author surname in the case of books) to save space by not requiring as many rows to walk in.

Another thing is if you have a book which you actually don't mind tossing, just download the digital version and get rid of it.
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