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Nostalgia: past, present, and future

Nostalgia: past, present, and future
Nostalgia: past, present, and future
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.
nostalgia, positive affect, self-esteem, social connectedness, existential meaning
0963-7214
304-307
Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Arndt, Jamie
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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.

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

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Local EPrints ID: 66285
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66285
ISSN: 0963-7214
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Date deposited: 28 May 2009
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 20:13

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

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