Nostalgia: Past, Present, and Future

Publication Date
October 1 2008
Constantine Sedikides (creator)
Tim Wildschut (creator)
Jamie Arndt (creator)
Clay Routledge (creator)
University Of Southampton (contributor)
University Of Missouri (contributor)
North Dakota State University (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent

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.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Not On The Body
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How to cite this entry
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.