Why we get so emotionally attached to things

All objects become imprinted with the energy of what happens around them. This is especially true of personal belongings such as teddy bears that we feel an emotional attachment to.

Little girl emotionally attached to teddy bear

A woman once wrote to ask me how to let go of her teddy bear. ‘I can’t seem to get rid of her, because she feels alive to me,’ she said. ‘She is more than a stuffed animal but I feel like I have moved on from needing the type of supports she gave me when I was younger. She is too old and worn out to donate. How can I let her go?’

Of course teddy bears are not alive, but they do become energetically imprinted through the outpouring of love that is given to them, and it is this that causes people to become emotionally attached to them.

Our relationship to objects

A very interesting experiment conducted by Bruce M. Hood and Nathalie Gjersoe at Bristol University involved hooking up well-educated, intelligent adults to a galvanic skin response (GSR) machine, which uses the same kind of technology as lie detectors. They then invited them to cut to pieces images of some of their possessions, ranging from valuable items such as mobile phones to other items that had no financial worth but great emotional significance.

What they found was that the GSR machine showed no response when they cut up the financially valuable items. But the response to cutting up objects they had emotional attachment to was huge!

In another experiment, they created a scientific display for children using two identical boxes, and pretended to create an exact copy in the second box of whatever was put into the first box.

Given the choice of keeping one of the objects, many children opted for the one that had been apparently created by magic, perceiving it to have greater value because of this. But if a copy was made of one of their own treasured possessions, it was a very different matter – they always chose the original.

No machine exists that can assess the energetic difference between a much-loved teddy bear and an identical bear that has had no human interaction. However, it can be perceived using the etheric hand sensing technique Richard and I have developed. Children are more energetically sensitive than adults so many would probably also be able to feel the difference if they took home a bear that was not their own. They would realize the energies they had imprinted it with were missing.

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd 2013, updated 2023

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Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui, and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must-read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fifth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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2 Responses to Why we get so emotionally attached to things

  1. Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your answer regarding the treasured objects.
    How do I let go of a treasured object?
    Many thanks and lots of love,

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