Hum 176 Become a Critic

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A hoarder is a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use according to In the beginning of the T.V. show Hoarders on A&E the opening line says that three million people are compulsive hoarders. This attention grabber is a great way to intrigue the viewer and inform them of this real problem of hoarding and show them how it affects the lives of two hoarders.

Hoarding is a huge issue that affects not only the people hoarding, but the families and people that surround the hoarders. The T.V. show takes us through a brief background of the two hoarders featured in the episode, Vula from Indiana, and Lisa from Utah. The brief backgrounds let us know that this is a real problem that can affect anyone. Vula looks like a nice old lady, someone’s grandma who has a house that becomes condemned. I think that more information should have been given on her background such as what triggered hoarding, or if someone in her family was a hoarder. Vula has a problem with denial and does not see the real problem. She has 36 cats found in her house, 13 of which are dead. She is living in cat feces and urine and is in complete denial. There is one part where Vula gets heated and starts cursing at the organizers for throwing everything away. They legally have to burn everything because of the health problems. She does not understand that and I think that in the show they should have explained that better. She did not understand why the organizers were throwing everything away. The Hoarders producers could have shown more emotion from Vula so that people can relate to the pain she is going through.

Lisa is a 31 year old elementary school teacher. She knows she has a problem of hoarding which we later learn in the episode that she learned it from her mom. The Dr. that is helping Lisa, (whose name I could not understand because they said it so fast) later states that hoarding is genetic and also a learned behavior. Lisa displays behavior of a...
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