Quiz: Are you an emotional hoarder?

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Quiz: Are you an emotional hoarder?
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:43am

Traditional hoarders collect vast amounts of useless stuff, avoid throwing anything away and, as a result, often allow their clutter take over their lives. Emotional hoarders collect grudges and have trouble letting go of negative emotions. The resulting emotional clutter may not be outwardly visible, but it can also have a detrimental effect on their lives.


While it's not unusual to lose your temper from time to time and have disagreements with others, if you hold onto those negative feelings for too long, it can cause long-term problems. Take this simple quiz to find out if you have emotional hoarding tendencies and, if so, how to curb them so you can live a happier life.


Take the quiz here, share with us your results and find out how to let



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Registered: 11-04-2003
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:57pm
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You May Struggle Occasionally with Emotional Hoarding


Based on your answers, you seem to struggle with emotional hoarding from time to time. When bad things happen or people let you down, naturally you feel hurt. You may not always know what to do with those emotions at first, but it seems you eventually come to terms with them. Learning how to appropriately communicate how you are feeling and developing skills to help you better face such emotions in the future would be well worth the effort, says psychologist and anger management specialist Dr. Lyle Becourtney. Holding onto bitterness or grudges often hurts you more than anyone else and can lead to feelings of depression or inappropriate outbursts of anger. Take steps to learn to cope with these feelings by joining a support group, speaking with a therapist, or reading books on the topic. You deserve a life free of emotional hoarding.


I got the same result as well. However I admit that the times I hoarded negativiy towards ppl that let me down or betrayed me, I was extremely wronged and no other option was applicable. I am a scorpio and we are notorious for holding our grudges and seeking revenge.

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Registered: 09-07-2007
Sat, 08-21-2010 - 2:05pm

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:49am
You May Struggle Occasionally with Emotional Hoarding



Based on your answers, you seem to struggle with emotional hoarding from time to time. When bad things happen or people let you down, naturally you feel hurt. You may not always know what to do with those emotions at first, but it seems you eventually come to terms with them. Learning how to appropriately communicate how you are feeling and developing skills to help you better face such emotions in the future would be well worth the effort, says psychologist and anger management specialist Dr. Lyle Becourtney. Holding onto bitterness or grudges often hurts you more than anyone else and can lead to feelings of depression or inappropriate outbursts of anger. Take steps to learn to cope with these feelings by joining a support group, speaking with a therapist, or reading books on the topic. You deserve a life free of emotional hoarding.