Nostalgic recollections of high and low narcissists

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. (doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2011.01.002).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2011.01.002
ISSNs: 0092-6566 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, narcissism, nostalgia functions, agency, communion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
ePrint ID: 179777
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April 2011Published
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2011 15:33
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 02:33
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