This fear of being forgotten and abandoned, of disappearing amongst the sea of humanity, is at the core of my hoarding and attendant anxiety. Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. It is not a behavior existing in a vacuum. It is a response to specific anxieties that manifest in an unnatural attachment to things. I keep things because my fear of abandonment gets projected onto things. No, the yogurt cup does not have feelings and therefore will not feel sad and alone if I throw it away. But part of me, part of my energy, is on that yogurt cup, and how could I throw part of myself away? Same with the mail. It has my name on it; I can’t throw it away.