Nostalgia: Why it is Good for You

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
June 4 2014
Tom Stafford (creator)
Constantine Sedikides (contributor)
Sigmund Freud (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Whether it is triggered by a photograph, a first kiss or a treasured possession, nostalgia evokes a particular sense of time or place. We all know the feeling: a sweet sadness for what is gone, in colours that are invariably sepia-toned, rose-tinted, or stained with evening sunlight.

The term “nostalgia” was coined by Swiss physicians in the late 1600s to signify a certain kind of homesickness among soldiers. Nowadays we know it encompasses more than just homesickness (or indeed Swiss soldiers), and if we take nostalgia too far it becomes  mawkish or indulgent.
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Location on Body
Not On The Body
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Date archived
September 13 2017
Last edited
September 23 2017
How to cite this entry
Tom Stafford. (June 4 2014). "Nostalgia: Why it is Good for You". BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation BBC. Fabric of Digital Life.