Is Book Buying Sendrome a Bad Thing?

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Is Library full of book you haven’t read yet. Can’t you give up book buying habit? Actually book buying habit not bad as it seems. Even book read acts and book buying acts about unconscious processes that you can’t imagine. In this article, we will refer to an article that examines the subject using statistis.

First of all ı want to write about benefits of reading books. Because people says reading books very usefull but they don’t explain how. Because of that some countries even offer the reading a book as a legal punishment.

Human succeed to control a pharynx that normally help us to breathe by the FoxP2 genom evolution. So we found the language by thinking. But then we couldn’t think without language. Language is not just as a communication tool. Language same time a tool that drives our though systems. If you pay attention you think in words while thinking about things.

Really it is! Humboldt who work at 1850’s linguist, discovered that the human brain thinks by words. Today this is a scientific fact. Because of that the more words you know, the more you can think. Reading books increases our vocabulary and our wisdom.

Of course there is a huge different between books written with native language sensitivity and cheap novels. But we’ll discuss it later. Lets continue. Reading books not just increases your critical think skills and allows you to experience things you cannot experience in real life. Which make us more mature, sensitive and empathetic individuals.

Some of you could say have reading habit but my life is not amazing or ı reading books but ı can’t remember. Don’t worry, the act of reading realizes most of these benefits I mentioned through unconscious processes. So even if you are not aware of the choices you make, the books you read have an effect.

Library That Full Of Unread Books

Reading makes you a smarter, more critical, sensitive and empathetic person. It also improves your communication skills and self-expression. But many people who read have a serious habit. Establishing a library and constantly buying books…

What is the limit here? Should you continue buying books or set a limit to satisfy our insatiable mind and interests? Should you only read in one area?

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According to an article published on Fastcompany, collecting or storing more books than you can read is an indication that your mind is functioning well.

There is a statistician named Nashim Nicholas Taleb. According to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, sometimes buying too many books that you cannot read, turning it into a habit is actually quite beneficial as long as it is not economically destructive. The statistician writes that there are around 30 thousand books in Umberto Eco’s library. Eco also knows that he could not finish so many books in his lifetime. However, so many books keep Eco’s intellectual hunger and wide field of interest alive.

In other words, buying too many books or storing e-books and pdfs is defined as an action that reminds you of your interests and shows your limits. Every time you see this vast archive, you realize how many things you don’t know are and think you should be more careful when choosing the next book.

There is something called Squirreling in academia though. This is a big problem if you store and store pdfs and never read them.

Book Reading Action is Also Related to Book Buying Processes

A large library even unconsciously influences the decisions you make about life. It makes us think that there is a limited time and dozens of things to do in life, so we should not waste our time. According to İlber Ortaylı, who we know with his large library, there are book to read or there are reference sources.


Bibliomania (image source)

So what we’re going to say is don’t get beat up himself for book buying acts. Even if you are not aware of it, book buying is an important life act that positively affects your decision-making processes and your intellectual identity.

So When Does This Turn Into a Psychological Disorder

There's a difference between buying a book and hoarding a book

There’s a difference between buying a book and hoarding a book.

It is necessary to determine whether this behavior turns into an addiction. You know, in order to call a behavior an addiction, there are criteria such as whether daily life is negatively affected or it causes financial difficulties. If the habit of buying books has turned into a disease in the true sense of the word, we encounter two ailments that can have serious consequences. Tsundoku and Bibliomania. Let’s examine it one by one.

What is Tsundoku?

The term Tsundoku, which is formed by the combination of the Japanese words to want (tsunade), to leave (oku) and to read (doku), is an inconvenience caused by buying and saving too many books to read. Although it has a similar definition to collecting, the situation in Tsundoku is different because Tsundoku patients buy books with the desire to read, but cannot read because of lack of time or focus problems.

Why Do People Get Tsundoku?

The underlying causes of the disorder can be revealed through methods such as psychotherapy. However, the processes that push Tsundoku individuals to do this behavior are roughly as follows:

  • Fear of books going out of print
  • Quoting the expert clinical psychologist Ahmet Saraç, “Karl Lagerfeld said, “With every book you buy, you have to buy the time to read it!” Based on his word, the time constraint pushes these individuals towards becoming Tsundoku.
  • The tragic thing is, these people are people who want to improve themselves and want this, but they can’t do it.

Symptoms of Tsundoku

These individuals want to be recognized as good readers by those around them. They even tend to lie when asked about a book they haven’t read.

  • As expected, they buy too many books to read.
  • Although they have a desire to read books, they cannot read them.
  • They find themselves at the bookstore again, even though they have other shopping to do.
  • They are unable to lend their books and are seriously worried if they have to.
  • They do not accept digital books as books.
  • Every time they buy a new book, they go into an overly happy mood

Treatment of Tsundoku

For Tsundoku patients who show the symptoms seen in almost every addiction, methods used in the fight against addiction are used. For treatment, the individual must first accept that he or she is sick. Depending on the level of the situation, psychotherapy or even drug treatment can be started. But in general, here are the things that can be done to defeat Tsundoku:

  • Individuals with Tsundoku disorder may be envied by electronic readers.
  • It can be reminded that they do not have to finish the books they do not enjoy with an irrational obsession, and that they can leave and move on to a book they like.
  • They can gain the habit of listening to audiobooks. Thus, at least they can get rid of the guilt they feel for the books they can’t read.

Let’s talk about Bibliomania, another disorder associated with book-buying.

What is Bibliomania?

Bibliomania, which is formed by the combination of the Latin words book (biblion) and disease (mania), is a kind of book-buying disorder, but unlike Tsundaku, people with Bibliomania buy books not with the desire to read, but with the urge to have them.

Why Do People Get Bibliomania?

Although the underlying causes of Bibliomania, whose history goes back to the beginning of the 19th century, vary from person to person, the main reason is revealed by psychotherapy and similar methods.

Symptoms of Bibliomania

Those people,

  • Can purchase multiple copies of the same book.
  • Thinks that their only goal in life is to buy books.
  • The quality of the books is important, not the quantity.

Treatment of Bibliomani

In the treatment of bibliomaly, if the problem cannot be solved with general recommendations, support from a specialist is absolutely necessary. Depending on the levels, it is possible to start drug therapy or psychotherapy. It should also be known, dear reader, that these diseases are very difficult to diagnose and accept. Because society shapes the concepts related to the book in a positive way, it is sometimes difficult for people to recognize the discomforts related to the concept.

General Evaluation

The 21st century is a century in which we are bombarded with information and it is very, very difficult to focus on a single issue. In fact, new fields such as information engineering have emerged to manage this information. Therefore, people equipped with 21st century skills need to choose the areas they will focus on in their limited time in the world and know how to deepen them.

Zaman elbette vücudumuzun biçiminden, evimizin duvarına, karakterimizden ilgi alanlarımıza kadar her şeyi değiştirmektedir. Bu nedenle farklı kitaplar almak bunların kimini başvuru kaynağı olarak değerlendirmek kimini de bir gün okurum umuduyla kütüphanede bulundurmakta sorun yoktur. Ancak bilirsiniz ki okuma alışkanlığı bir çeşit takıntıdır. Okur yazarların her gün uyumadan önce en az otuz sayfa okumak gibi takıntıları vardır. Okuma alışkanlığının bırakılmaması gerekir. Satın almak, okumanın önüne çok geçtiyse ve bu artık gündelik yaşamınızı etkiliyorsa bir durup düşünmenin zamanı gelmiş demektir.

Movie Recommendation

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We should not forget the Pelin Esmer’s movie 10 to 11, which is about the life story of Mithat Esmer, starring Nejat İşler.


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