First let me start with I have OCD for real, so obsessive compulsive behaviors towards objects I love or am interested in seem to be a given. Especially when I come off my meds (I do that a lot). I realized that the symptoms listed for Bibliomania are prominent when I am not taking my happy pills.
Bibliomania is an obsessive–compulsive disorder involving the collecting or hoarding of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged.
One of several psychological disorders associated with books, bibliomania is characterized by the collecting of books which have no use to the collector nor any great intrinsic value to a genuine book collector. The purchase of multiple copies of the same book and edition and the accumulation of books beyond possible capacity of use or enjoyment are frequent symptoms of bibliomania.
I have to admit to buying multiple copies of the same book, and hoarding to the point of my 18 month old is almost surely not safe during the event of an earthquake haha. But without knowing it I have been trying to combat my Bibliomania by sending tons of books to other bloggers or having huge contests. So if you have Bibliomania be not afraid there are ways to combat it.
Bibliomania is not to be confused with bibliophilia, which is the usual love of books and is not considered a clinical psychological disorder.
Other abnormal behaviours involving books include book-eating (bibliophagy), compulsive book-stealing (bibliokleptomania), and book-burying (bibliotaphy).
At least I haven’t self diagnosed myself with Bibliophagy or Bibliotaphy. Okay I may commit bibliotaphy with the Twilight Saga.
People with bibliomania
Stephen Blumberg, who was convicted of stealing $5.3 million worth of books
Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872) suffered from severe bibliomania. His collection, which at his death contained over 160,000 books and manuscripts, was still being auctioned off over 100 years after his death.
Rev. W.F. Whitcher was a 19th century Methodist pastor who, after having stolen and rebound rare books, would assert they were rare “finds” from local booksellers.
Don Quixote is perhaps the most famous fictional bibliomaniac. His love of books drives him insane, and serves as the impetus for his subsequent adventures.
So do you have Bibliomania? Are you a hoarder?
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