Robin, an admitted hoarder, says she forms attachments to animals and objects because they can’t reject her.

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“Animals are the only place I’ve ever been safe,” she says, adding, “and that is no judgment, no ridicule, no disgust – no abuse – none of that.”

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The 71-year-old mother and grandmother claims she was physically and emotionally abused as a child and wasn’t permitted to have any possessions of her own. She says that’s why she finds it nearly impossible to throw anything away now.

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Why does Dr. Phil refer to Robin’s behaviors as “relating down”?


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