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Nostalgia: past, present, and future

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Traditionally, nostalgia has been conceptualized as a medical disease and a psychiatric disorder. Instead, we argue that nostalgia is a predominantly positive, self-relevant, and social emotion serving key psychological functions. Nostalgic narratives reflect more positive than negative affect, feature the self as the protagonist, and are embedded in a social context. Nostalgia is triggered by dysphoric states such as negative mood and loneliness. Finally, nostalgia generates positive affect, increases self-esteem, fosters social connectedness, and alleviates existential threat.

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Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Arndt, Jamie and Routledge, Clay (2008) Nostalgia: past, present, and future Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, (5), pp. 304-307. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00595.x).

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Published date: October 2008
Keywords: nostalgia, positive affect, self-esteem, social connectedness, existential meaning


Local EPrints ID: 66285
ISSN: 0963-7214
PURE UUID: c092b9f0-7fb5-4054-8ff2-d2f247be28f6

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Date deposited: 28 May 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:26

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Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Clay Routledge

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