The joys of being a fan and collecting have been on my mind ever since I saw “Fever Pitch.” In the movie Jimmy Fallon plays Ben, a Boston Red Sox fan. His home was stocked with memorabilia, from the time he got up in the morning to when he got ready for bed, all he saw was red.
But what did Drew Barrymore’s character, Lindsey, get for her troubles besides a beau who was always busy during baseball season? She found a passionate man who knew how to love life.
Experts agree that passion is typically the common denominator amongst collectors. However, Canadian Psychiatrist and author of “First Aid to Mental Illness” Dr. Michael G. Rayel doesn’t think that there’s a certain personality type for collectors.
Rayel said collecting is an individual’s choice based on their passions. Some, he says, like music fans collecting CDs, may collect so they always have access to the music that makes them happy.
Sometimes, collections serve as trophies pointing the way to people’s interests. But Rayel did offer one generalization.
“We all want something to represent ourselves,” Rayel said.
Susan Neri-Friedwald, a behavior modification specialist and founder of the New Behavior Institute in Manhattan, says that surrounding ourselves with things creates a sense of security.
She added that we identify with the objects we collect and they strengthen our sense of self.
“We might collect things that remind us of our childhood, connecting us to the feelings of safety we had then,” she said. “We might collect things that reflect who we wish to be and it makes us feel more powerful and more connected to those images.”
So collected objects are manifestations of our inner hopes…?