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Feeling Safe and Nostalgia in Healthy Aging

Feeling Safe and Nostalgia in Healthy Aging
Feeling Safe and Nostalgia in Healthy Aging
The population of older adults worldwide is growing, with an urgent need for approaches that develop and maintain intrinsic capacity consistent with healthy aging. Theory and empirical research converge on feeling safe as central to healthy aging. However, there has been limited attention to resources that cultivate feeling safe to support healthy aging. Nostalgia, “a sentimental longing for one’s past”, is established as a source of comfort in response to social threat, existential threat, and self-threat. Drawing from extant theory and research, we build on these findings to position nostalgia as a regulatory resource that cultivates feeling safe and contributes to intrinsic capacity to support healthy aging. Using a narrative review method, we: (a) characterize feeling safe as a distinct affective dimension, (b) summarize the character of nostalgia in alignment with feeling safe, (b) propose a theoretical account of the mechanisms through which nostalgia cultivates feeling safe, (c) highlight the contribution of nostalgia to feeling safe and emotional, physiological, and behavioral regulatory capabilities in healthy aging, and (d) offer conclusions and direction for research.
Feeling Safe, Emotion Regulation, Intrinsic Capacity, Healthy Aging
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Fleury, Julie
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Coon, D
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Komnenich, P
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Coon, D
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Komnenich, P
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Fleury, Julie, Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Coon, D and Komnenich, P (2022) Feeling Safe and Nostalgia in Healthy Aging. Frontiers in Psychology, 15. (In Press)

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Abstract

The population of older adults worldwide is growing, with an urgent need for approaches that develop and maintain intrinsic capacity consistent with healthy aging. Theory and empirical research converge on feeling safe as central to healthy aging. However, there has been limited attention to resources that cultivate feeling safe to support healthy aging. Nostalgia, “a sentimental longing for one’s past”, is established as a source of comfort in response to social threat, existential threat, and self-threat. Drawing from extant theory and research, we build on these findings to position nostalgia as a regulatory resource that cultivates feeling safe and contributes to intrinsic capacity to support healthy aging. Using a narrative review method, we: (a) characterize feeling safe as a distinct affective dimension, (b) summarize the character of nostalgia in alignment with feeling safe, (b) propose a theoretical account of the mechanisms through which nostalgia cultivates feeling safe, (c) highlight the contribution of nostalgia to feeling safe and emotional, physiological, and behavioral regulatory capabilities in healthy aging, and (d) offer conclusions and direction for research.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 February 2022
Keywords: Feeling Safe, Emotion Regulation, Intrinsic Capacity, Healthy Aging

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Local EPrints ID: 455970
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455970
ISSN: 1664-1078
PURE UUID: a2bcc583-8e18-4fb2-8a5c-17b5be3e828e
ORCID for Constantine Sedikides: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4036-889X

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Date deposited: 11 Apr 2022 16:53
Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:35

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Author: Julie Fleury
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: D Coon
Author: P Komnenich

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