Buried alive
Boston.com
Hoarding can involve emotions -- feeling safer among walls of clutter, for example. And thoughts -- such as, 'I'm sure I could use that broken tape deck someday!' And even unconscious values, such as 'more is better.' At left, an Arlington man, who asked to remain anonymous, in his apartment.
Hoarding can involve emotions -- feeling safer among walls of clutter, for example. And thoughts -- such as, "I'm sure I could use that broken tape deck someday!" And even unconscious values, such as "more is better."

At left, an Arlington man, who asked to remain anonymous, in his apartment.
(Globe Staff Photo / Mark Wilson)