The Lighter Side of Transformation

with Lisa Wessan, LICSW

“The Beauty of Hoarding”

There is an exceptionally good article posted in THE WEEK, May 7, 2010, “The Beauty of Hoarding,” excerpted from STUFF: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee. Copyright © 2010 by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee. Learn how hoarders are making social connections and staying in touch with the world via their hoarding patterns…

We need to understand that people who are hoarding see endless opportunities in their stuff – for themselves and others. This is a breakthrough concept that needs further exploration.

It has been my experience when I work with clutterers and hoarders that we need to do a step by step process I call “Face it, trace it and erase it.” Every object in your home has special and unique emotional connections and memories attached to it. Once those connections are revealed — and deconstructed – it then becomes possible to release and let go of the unwanted stuff. This happens through talking, writing/journaling, role playing, meditating and going a bit deeper, using art and other forms to get behind the reasons for holding on. This can have an element of fun and playfulness – it does not have to be grueling work.

To get an experience of this process, check out my next clutter program 9/21/10 in Westford, MA (see calendar of upcoming events at for details.)

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What is the Internet is Doing to Our Brains?

I know I’m not alone in wondering how the internet is changing the way I think, write, respond and create in this world. But I choose to believe that it’s all for the good, that this is part of our evolution. I might be wrong.

More and more documentation is showing that advanced internet use does decrease our attention spans, although it may improve our analytic skills. I’m at the point where I can’t write as smoothly in longhand (and my penmanship is nearly an illegible code), whereas in front of the keyboard I feel lucid and quick. I used to think I was just a kinesthetic learner — but there’s more to it. I need to be able to sit at a keyboard to think about certain subjects with maximum focus. I am clearly conditioned to work with several web pages open at once, fact checking and spell checking as I go.

The research is mounting….pros and cons…this is a good overview of the issues in this recent clip from Scientific American (June 15, 2010).

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