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Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being)

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Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for one’s past, is an emotion that arises from self-relevant and social memories. Nostalgia functions, in part, to foster self-continuity, that is, a sense of connection between one’s past and one’s present. This article examined, in six experiments, how nostalgia fosters self-continuity and the implications of that process for wellbeing. Nostalgia fosters self-continuity by augmenting social connectedness, that is, a sense of belongingness and acceptance (Experiments 1-4). Nostalgia-induced self-continuity, in turn, confers eudaimonic wellbeing, operationalized as subjective vitality (i.e., a feeling of aliveness and energy; Experiments 5-6). The findings clarify and expand the benefits of nostalgia for both the self-system and psychological adjustment.

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Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Cheung, W.Y., Hepper, E.G., Routledge, C., Arndt, J., Vail, K., Zhou, X., Brackstone, K. and Vingerhoets, A.J. (2016) Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being) Emotion, 16, (4), pp. 524-539. (doi:10.1037/emo0000136). (PMID:26751632).

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 September 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 January 2016
Published date: June 2016
Keywords: emotion, nostalgia, self, self-continuity, social connectedness, eudaimonic wellbeing


Local EPrints ID: 383274
ISSN: 1528-3542
PURE UUID: a320e6b8-f307-4765-9f4e-abb860ad4554

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:14

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Author: C. Sedikides
Author: T. Wildschut
Author: W.Y. Cheung
Author: E.G. Hepper
Author: C. Routledge
Author: J. Arndt
Author: K. Vail
Author: X. Zhou
Author: K. Brackstone
Author: A.J. Vingerhoets

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