Why Do We Collect Stuff?

Why Do We Collect Stuff?

Some people collect cars while some people collect action figures. There are some who collect bags or shoes or perfumes. Some people like to collect toys while some people collect stamps. There is so many stuff to collect and it is up to the person what he or she prefers to have a collection of. This stuff can go from being very expensive to the most mundane things around us. But one thing is for sure, these collections are considered treasures by the ones collecting them.

One might wonder what the fuss is all about when collecting stuff. Why cannot they be satisfied with having just one luxury car? Why do some people spend hundreds or thousands of money in just one action figure? Why do they have to scour different shops just to look for old stamps? Why do they look for old toys that have long been taken out of the shelves of toy stores in the malls? Exactly what good does it do to a person who collects these stuff?

Psychologists say that people collect things for relaxation. It reduces the level of stress that they are feeling whenever they could get their hands on an item that they consider of value to them. It also puts them in their comfort zone. They love everything they see in their collection. It gives them a sense of personal pleasure. They are able to appreciate the value and beauty that is inherent in their collectible item. Collecting stuff also gives them a sense of pride. They are proud of how much their collection has grown and how it has become a part of their identity. They are also considered knowledgeable about the items that they collect and people turn to them if they have questions regarding the items. These are just some of the reasons that experts give on why people collect stuff. But as long as it makes the person happy and they are not hurting anyone, who are we to question what they do?

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