Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force

Sedikides, C. and Wildschut, R. (2016) Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force Trends in Cognitive Sciences


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Nostalgia has endured a negative reputation, being branded an unhealthy preoccupation with one’s past. This reputation is unwarranted. Nostalgia has remarkable implications for one’s future. It strengthens approach orientation, raises optimism, evokes inspiration, boosts creativity, and kindles prosociality. Far from reflecting escapism from the present, nostalgia potentiates an attainable future.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1364-6613 (print)
ePrint ID: 388054
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28 January 2016Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 11:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 04:08
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