Collecting- A Psychological Perspective

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A CASE FOR THE KNIFE COLLECTORS ANONYMOUS 

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Have you ever thought about why you are a collector?

You know the- why you collect, where your passion comes from, and how you felt when you found, and bought, the last addition to your collection? 

I know, men don’t typically like introspection one bit, but check this out-

COLLECTING- A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

Some years ago I was looking for books on collecting. I wanted to find information on collectors and why they collect what they do. Sounds like exciting reading doesn’t it?

Well I found COLLECTING: AN UNRULY PASSION-Psychological Perspectives by Werner Muensterberger. It was exactly what I was looking for, or so I thought.

DISCLAIMER 

WARNING- THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, PREGNANT WOMEN, OR PEOPLE THAT TAKE THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY

Instead of me writing a review about what I think the author is saying, allow me to use this shrink’s own words-  

“Collectors themselves- dedicated, serious, infatuated, beset- cannot explain or understand this often all-consuming drive, nor can they call a halt to their habit. Many are aware of a chronic restiveness that can be curbed only by more finds or yet another acquisition.”

Then he closes out the first chapter with- 

“I have followed the trail of these emotional conditions in the life histories of many collectors. They reveal the need of the phallic-narcissistic personality. They like to pose or make a spectacle of their possessions. But one soon realizes that these possessions, regardless of their value or significance, are but stand-ins for themselves.

One more quote-

“And while they (Collectors) use their objects for inner security and outer applause, their deep inner function is to screen off self doubt and unassimilated memories.”

Talk about DEPRESSING!!  This Muensterberger guy must have been someone who was outbid at the last minute on eBay (a victim of being sniped). If this dude had called me I would have told him upfront that I was nuts and saved him a lifetime of studying to figure it out.

Anyone here interested in joining the Knife Collectors Anonymous?

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Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 7:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Thank you for the intriguing read! Alright playtime is over and back to school work.

  2. I liked this book too. But, there are updated concepts. Please see my article entitled “Why Collector’s Collect,” from FINE ART CONNOISSEUR.COM, the January-February issue of this year (2010). Here it is. Please copy and paste.

    http://mymoneymd.com/Final_version_FA_p59-61_InsideTrack_Jan-Feb.pdf


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