Nostalgia as a resource for psychological health and well-being

Routledge, Clay, Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine and Juhl, Jacob (2013) Nostalgia as a resource for psychological health and well-being. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, (11), 808-818. (doi:10.1111/spc3.12070).


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Historically, nostalgia has been viewed as a disease of the brain or the mind. However, in recent years, nostalgia has received a conceptual rehabilitation due to a revival of scholarly interest accompanied by the use of contemporary empirical methods. Drawing upon this recent work, we propose that nostalgia is an important resource for psychological health and well-being. We begin by detailing the characteristics of the nostalgic experience and then discuss a wide range of studies demonstrating that psychological threat triggers nostalgia, nostalgia enhances psychological health and well-being, and nostalgia promotes adaptive psychological functioning among individuals at risk for poor mental health. We also highlight the need for future research on nostalgia's relation to psychological health.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/spc3.12070
ISSNs: 1751-9004 (print)
1751-9004 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology > Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 359738
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2013Published
4 November 2013Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 14:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 15:01

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