Collectors and Collecting: A Social Psychological Perspective
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Collecting is a pervasive behavior in our culture, yet it has received little attention in the psychological literature. We examine eight aspects of the collecting process, drawing on existing ideas and researh in social psychology as well as existing research on collectors and collecting to describe the motivations that underlie collecting behavior. We suggest that collectors are drawn to collecting as a means of bolstering the self by setting up goals that are tangible and attainable and provide the collector with concrete feedback of progress. Taylor and Francis, Inc.
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McINTOSH, W. D., & SCHMEICHEL, B.
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McINTOSH, WILLIAM D||SCHMEICHEL, BRANDON