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


Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Cheung, W.Y., Hepper, E.G., Routledge, C., Arndt, J., Vail, K., Zhou, X., Brackstone, K. and Vingerhoets, A.J. (2015) 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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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1037/emo0000136
ISSNs: 1528-3542 (print)
Keywords: emotion, nostalgia, self, self-continuity, social connectedness, eudaimonic wellbeing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 383274
Date :
Date Event
23 September 2015Accepted/In Press
11 January 2016e-pub ahead of print
June 2016Published
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 04:55
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383274

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