On the psychodynamics of collecting.

  title={On the psychodynamics of collecting.},
  author={Peter Subkowski},
  journal={The International journal of psycho-analysis},
  volume={87 Pt 2},
  • Peter Subkowski
  • Published 2006 in The International journal of psycho-analysis
The urge to collect is a ubiquitous phenomenon which has anthropological, sociobiological and individual psychodynamic roots, but occurs far more frequently among men than women. The author examines the reasons for this gender difference and defines systematic collecting to distinguish it from addictive, obsessive and messy collecting, and from related phenomena such as perversion. The mode of collecting and choice of object are important indicators as to the unconscious psychodynamics of a… CONTINUE READING


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