Psychology of collecting

“For people who collect, the value of their collections are not monetary but emotional. The collections allow people to relive their childhood, connect themselves to a period or to a time they feel strongly about. Their collections help them ease insecurity and anxiety about losing a part of themselves and to keep the past to continue to exist in the present.[1] Some collect for the thrill of the hunt. For these collectors, collecting is a quest, a lifelong pursuit which can never be completed.[2] Collecting may provide psychological security by filling a part of the self one feels is missing or is void of meaning.[3] When one collects, one experiments with arranging, organizing, and presenting a part of the world which may serve to provide a safety zone, a place of refuge where fears are calmed and insecurity is managed.[4] Motives are not mutually exclusive, rather, different motives combine for each collector for a multitude of reasons.”

The above is an except from the Wikipedia Article, “The Psychology of Collecting.” I feel it is healthy to reflect on our nature and what drives us. I’ve often thought about doing more research into other collecting hobbies to look for other collectors’ perspectives on collecting. Collecting in general is fairly fascinating to me, and I’ve always wondered what information we could share with fellow collectors that bridge the gaps of our specific fields of expertise. If you have any resources or recommended reading to share, please do!