Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being)

Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut, Wing-Yee Cheung, Clay Routledge, Erica G Hepper, Jamie Arndt, Kenneth Vail, Xinyue Zhou, Kenny Brackstone, A.J.J.M. Vingerhoets

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Abstract

Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for one's past, is an emotion that arises from self-relevant and social memories. Nostalgia functions, in part, to foster self-continuity, that is, a sense of connection between one's past and one's present. This article examined, in 6 experiments, how nostalgia fosters self-continuity and the implications of that process for well-being. Nostalgia fosters self-continuity by augmenting social connectedness, that is, a sense of belongingness and acceptance (Experiments 1-4). Nostalgia-induced self-continuity, in turn, confers eudaimonic well-being, operationalized as subjective vitality (i.e., a feeling of aliveness and energy; Experiments 5-6). The findings clarify and expand the benefits of nostalgia for both the self-system and psychological adjustment. (PsycINFO Database Record

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-539
JournalEmotion
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Sedikides, Constantine ; Wildschut, Tim ; Cheung, Wing-Yee ; Routledge, Clay ; Hepper, Erica G ; Arndt, Jamie ; Vail, Kenneth ; Zhou, Xinyue ; Brackstone, Kenny ; Vingerhoets, A.J.J.M. / Nostalgia fosters self-continuity : Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being). In: Emotion. 2016 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 524-539.
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Sedikides, C, Wildschut, T, Cheung, W-Y, Routledge, C, Hepper, EG, Arndt, J, Vail, K, Zhou, X, Brackstone, K & Vingerhoets, AJJM 2016, 'Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being)' Emotion, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 524-539. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000136

Nostalgia fosters self-continuity : Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic well-being). / Sedikides, Constantine; Wildschut, Tim; Cheung, Wing-Yee; Routledge, Clay; Hepper, Erica G; Arndt, Jamie; Vail, Kenneth; Zhou, Xinyue; Brackstone, Kenny; Vingerhoets, A.J.J.M.

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