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    The INTJ and Hoarding - Common?

    Hey.
    I am an INTJ and i frequently find myself looking around my room thinking "It looks like a bag lady's trolley exploded in here, why do i have so much crap?", and yet finding it hard to throw anything out. I still have pebbles from when i was 8 when i went to the beach, a rusty nail i found, and piles upon piles of marbles that seem to congregate in my room. I had to steel myself for 5 minutes before i could bring myself to throw away a beach chair token from a recent holiday. I find myself thinking that this is utterly ridiculous, and yet i have always had a problem with throwing things away (It seems to run in the family, nothing ever gets thrown out, just passed around in case someone else finds it useful).

    Everynow and again i get utterly ruthless and throw out everything and my room becomes empty and spartan except for a few key items, like my pebbles and the rusty nail, but it seems like that in no time at all my room is filled with crap again. It's not like i keep rubbish and packaging, but od little things i pick up and find difficult to throw away again.
    This strikes me as very un-INTJ like behaviour, so i was wondering if this is something anyone else struggles with, or wether you all manage to keep pretty tidy.

    (PS. Everywhere else in my house has to be spotless or i fly off the rails and an OCD like cleaning frenzy ensues, but it's just my room is messy as hell and filled with crap.)



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    INTJ

    *shrug* I fail to see how this has anything to do with being an INTJ.

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    INTJ - The Scientists


    If I were living alone, I would use so little storage space it'd be beautiful...


    I loathe souvenirs, they're reminders of places I've forgotten (I have an awful memory) and was unimpressed even when I was there.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Isn't it being anal?
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    @antiant
    Well, the intj is stereotypically clear thinking and straightforward and not given to such random attachments to objects with no value i thought it must be unusual for an INTJ hoarder, though it is a similar condition to OCD which seems to affect many NT's, so i was wondering which personality trait would override eachother.

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    INTJ - The Scientists


    Quote Originally Posted by PenemueINTJ View Post
    @antiant
    Well, the intj is stereotypically clear thinking and straightforward and not given to such random attachments to objects with no value i thought it must be unusual for an INTJ hoarder, though it is a similar condition to OCD which seems to affect many NT's, so i was wondering which personality trait would override eachother.
    OCD, ADD, Autism.
    Yeah, we're a fun bunch -- psychologically speaking.

    OT:
    Well, in this scenario, your emotional value in the item are heavily outweighing the logical value in them.

    You might want to look into why that is.

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    I do have some impulse control problems (not professionally diagnosed) that i always assumed was part of it, i was just wondering how prevalent this particular branch of impulse control disorder is in the INTJ's

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    It hasn't got a great deal to do with INTJ, There are a few reasons why people hoard...a fear aspect in there? My father has a severe hoarding issue. He has over 20,000 vinyl records amongst a hell of a lot of other stuff. He lives in a teeny tiny house which was built when average height for men was 5"6" He is 6 "4.

    He says they are all about his memories but they are actually just garage sale item collected over the last 10 years. It makes little sense in what he says to justify it. He says that the things he keeps are for me and my brother for when he passes....and we fight over who is going to get his shit...no you have it...NOOOOO you! We would have to spend at least a couple of weeks going through it all.

    My mother had a hoarding problem since her parents grew up in the depression. Being a waster was a swear word for her. She eventually just got tired of having too much shit around and sold heaps to have space to move.

    I will hoard too but only for a year....I'll typically put what I'm not using downstairs and it gets ruined by the damp then thrown out....works for me. I keep some things which are meaningful but mostly I keep things for crafts and fixing things.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Can't say it's really a problem I suffer from. I have a few things that I can't part with, but am working on that - but they aren't enough to even remotely look like I'm a hoarder, or even someone with a lot of junk. And we live in a pretty small house.

    About the only things I haven't gotten ride of are my collection of childhood stuffed animals. I've managed to separate them into two bags (ones that I have some attachment to and others I don't) and have put them into the attic with the exception of a couple that remain in our bedroom. Eventually I know the one bag of them will manage to make it's way to the trash or Goodwill. Not sure if I'll manage to part with the other bag of them, I'm hoping time apart does the trick lol. Otherwise, one bag of silly attachment stuff in my attic doesn't exactly make me a hoarder.

    I also have a collection of model horses that I've collected since I was about 2 years old. Some of them are actually worth a fair bit of money, and they are all neatly displayed in a couple china cabinets.

    So, definitely not a hoarder (I HATE tons of crap sitting around), but I do have the odd item or two that has some weird emotional attachment and I can't bring myself to get rid of it...but I think that's a human thing, not an INTJ thing.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Coonsy View Post
    Can't say it's really a problem I suffer from. I have a few things that I can't part with, but am working on that - but they aren't enough to even remotely look like I'm a hoarder, or even someone with a lot of junk. And we live in a pretty small house.

    About the only things I haven't gotten ride of are my collection of childhood stuffed animals. I've managed to separate them into two bags (ones that I have some attachment to and others I don't) and have put them into the attic with the exception of a couple that remain in our bedroom. Eventually I know the one bag of them will manage to make it's way to the trash or Goodwill. Not sure if I'll manage to part with the other bag of them, I'm hoping time apart does the trick lol. Otherwise, one bag of silly attachment stuff in my attic doesn't exactly make me a hoarder.

    I also have a collection of model horses that I've collected since I was about 2 years old. Some of them are actually worth a fair bit of money, and they are all neatly displayed in a couple china cabinets.

    So, definitely not a hoarder (I HATE tons of crap sitting around), but I do have the odd item or two that has some weird emotional attachment and I can't bring myself to get rid of it...but I think that's a human thing, not an INTJ thing.
    I've retained my teddies. Some of them I just can't part with.

    I'm really bad when it comes to books, they're mostly the thing that I won't budge on.


     
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