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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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kinderheldin From: kinderheldin Date: November 13th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well said. You reminded me a bit of the Underground Man here. Too conscious of being too conscious, excessive by a degree. I think the feeling is compensatory to letting something go -- for a moment or sometimes more, you want it back. But you had reasons for letting yourself let it go to begin with.

I have such a hard time of letting things go -- getting rid of sentimental objects and objects just in general, because I know I may get mad at myself later. However, it is important to clear out one's living space.

I don't think that revulsion is the only response, but it is one along a spectrum. I think the freedom is another possible part of the feeling, too -- and that is worth the risk.

The psyche has to be carried.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 15th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was really taken by your discussion of objects here, because even though I wasn't writing about physical memorabilia here, what to do with my collection of memory enhancement devices has certainly been on my mind a great deal. I always swore that I'd never succumb to the mid-life-crisis urge to rid myself of the burden of material history. But that vow is seeming more and more precarious of late.
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