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(p. 107) Reducing Acquiring 

(p. 107) Reducing Acquiring
(p. 107) Reducing Acquiring

Gail Steketee

and Randy O. Frost

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date: 22 January 2021

Chapter 7 focuses on reducing client’s acquiring behaviors, with initial reference to the conceptual model for hoarding from chapter 4. Clinicians use forms to assist clients with questions about acquiring to help them with decision-making and the development of a hierarchy for graduated non-acquiring practice. A review of problematic thinking patterns and the downward arrow method to serious fears associated with not acquiring are drawn from cognitive therapy methods. Two scales are used to help clarify the difference between the actual need versus the wish to acquire items. Clients are helped to generate acquiring questions they can use when confronting urges to accumulate items, as well as alternative pleasurable activities that can replace enjoyment from acquiring.

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