Did Ariel In Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Have Hoarding Disorder?

Ariel, the protagonist of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," is typically associated with hoarding disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Her story revolves around her obsession with the human world and her ardent desire to become human herself. 

She collects, even hoards, human artifacts. She keeps various objects from the human world—such as a fork, a pipe, and a statue—in her grotto underwater.  

Her hoarding tendencies and obsessions interfere with her daily life. Her accumulation of items clutters the spaces around her and she experiences significant distress when asked to let go of her collection. 

She even ditches her family events for her obsession with the unattainable human world. Her father King Triton’s destruction of her possessions is a metaphorical act of decluttering. 

He destroys her assemblage and, in a way, initiates a clean-up that would help her heal from her material obsessions. 

Critics contend that Ariel’s mental health conditions do not qualify for full-blown hoarding disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Instead, she displays borderline disposophobia. 

It is a non-clinical condition characterized by the fear of getting rid of stuff and the perception of the mandatory need to save up things for no use whatsoever. 

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