Nostalgia: Past, Present, and Future
Publication TitleCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Publication DateOctober 1 2008
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 selfesteem, fosters social connectedness, and alleviates existential threat.
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Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut, Jamie Arndt, Clay Routledge. (October 1 2008). "Nostalgia: Past, Present, and Future". Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current Directions in Psychological Science. Fabric of Digital Life. http://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/2471