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Nostalgic recollections of high and low narcissists

Nostalgic recollections of high and low narcissists
Nostalgic recollections of high and low narcissists
Two functions of nostalgia are consistently documented in the literature: self-positivity and social connectedness. These reflect agency and communion, respectively. Such dimensions are polarized no more than in narcissists, who are high in agency and low in communion. In three studies we tested whether high and low narcissists differ in the content of nostalgic recollections, whether they become nostalgic about different objects, and whether nostalgia serves different functions for them. High (versus low) narcissists made more agentic references in their narratives and manifested nostalgic proclivity toward agentic objects. Furthermore, nostalgia served a self-positivity function, but not a social connectedness function, for high (versus low) narcissists. Findings highlight the relevance of personality—narcissism, in particular—for the experience of nostalgia.

nostalgia, narcissism, nostalgia functions, agency, communion
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238-242
Hart, Claire M.
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Hart, Claire M., Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Arndt, Jamie, Routledge, Clay and Vingerhoets, Ad J.J.M. (2011) Nostalgic recollections of high and low narcissists Journal of Research in Personality, 45, (2), pp. 238-242.

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Abstract

Two functions of nostalgia are consistently documented in the literature: self-positivity and social connectedness. These reflect agency and communion, respectively. Such dimensions are polarized no more than in narcissists, who are high in agency and low in communion. In three studies we tested whether high and low narcissists differ in the content of nostalgic recollections, whether they become nostalgic about different objects, and whether nostalgia serves different functions for them. High (versus low) narcissists made more agentic references in their narratives and manifested nostalgic proclivity toward agentic objects. Furthermore, nostalgia served a self-positivity function, but not a social connectedness function, for high (versus low) narcissists. Findings highlight the relevance of personality—narcissism, in particular—for the experience of nostalgia.

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Published date: 2011
Keywords: nostalgia, narcissism, nostalgia functions, agency, communion

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Local EPrints ID: 174001
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/174001
ISSN: 0092-6566
PURE UUID: 43616ca9-a581-4294-87d9-32b82f4c1313

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Date deposited: 09 Feb 2011 12:57
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 08:51

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Author: Claire M. Hart
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Clay Routledge
Author: Ad J.J.M. Vingerhoets

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