Before you read this piece, I KNOW that hoarding is not exclusively with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Asperger’s Syndrome… HOWEVER, Autistic Spectrum Disorders in general and Asperger’s Syndrome specifically are marked by obsessive tendencies and “Special Interests.”
|This is a lie… we need all the things|
Anyone that has had any hobbies knows that there is STUFF that goes along with it. Every hobby has certain accouterments associated with EVERY hobby. Painters need frames, easels, paints and brushes; Table Top Gamers have books, books, more books, dice and notes; console gamers have consoles, controllers, games and peripherals; make up artists have molding materials, casting materials, paints, glues and sculpting materials; bibliophiles have ALL the books. They all have their junk. The clutter associated with any one hobby can be a bit much.
We all have hobbies, so you understand. Now… imagine picking up a new hobby 3 or four times a year. Sometimes more often than that. You hear about something, or read about it and it seizes your imagination… Then you research. Then you do. You do… A LOT… and to do… you have to buy the gear and materials for this new hobby… all of it… Then you reach a passable skill level and are proud of your work… and then… AND THEN… a NEW special interest takes hold and you move on…
Why do we do that?
|This is one endorphine|
Well… It has to do with the release of endorphins, stimulus and diminishing returns. I discuss it in a lot more depth HERE.
Now… I have said it before, but it bears repeating… Most Aspies go from obsessive interest to obsessive interest… but some lucky few of us find interests that become life long SPECIAL INTERESTS! I am one of those lucky few… and I STILL have passing interests on top of everything. Since I am the only one I can speak about with any amount of certainty.
I have four major lifelong interests…
- video games
- remote control vehicles
- action figures
- film making/photography
|These are my Skylanders|
|It’s not junk… this is a Junk|