I've watched many of the shows on compulsive hoarding, at first fascinated because I have a family member with this issue (thankfully not nearly as bad as ones featured on the shows). But the more I watch, the less I understand it. In every case, the trigger seems to be one or a combination of just a handful of life events, including the death of someone very close, abandonment by someone close, or some event that caused them to lose something valuable. But in none of the situations have I heard of a tragedy that millions of us have to go through at some point in life. The hoarders' reaction seems so overblown and disproportionate that it makes me wonder if there's a past life component for most of these individuals. Maybe this sort of thing's happened to them repeatedly, and they maintain a trace memory of it(?) That leads me to also wonder if many OCD sufferers could greatly benefit from past-life regression therapy, and if that might be a whole lot more effective than "talk" therapy and easier than exposure therapy. Does anyone know if studies have been done in this area?