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Nostalgia Fosters Self-Continuity: Uncovering the Mechanism (Social Connectedness) and Consequence (Eudaimonic Wellbeing)

Sedikides, C, Wildschut, T, Cheung, WY, Routledge, C, Hepper, E, Arndt, J, Vail, K, Zhou, X, Brackstone, K and Vingerhoets, AJJM (2016) Nostalgia Fosters Self-Continuity: Uncovering the Mechanism (Social Connectedness) and Consequence (Eudaimonic Wellbeing) Emotion.

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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 six experiments, how nostalgia fosters self-continuity and the implications of that process for wellbeing. 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 wellbeing, 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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Sedikides, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wildschut, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cheung, WYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Routledge, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hepper, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arndt, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vail, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zhou, XUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brackstone, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vingerhoets, AJJMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 September 2016
Identification Number : 10.1037/emo0000136
Copyright Disclaimer : Author's version of a paper accepted for publication in Emotion. Copyright American Psychological Association 2016. This article may not exactly replicate the final version.
Additional Information : Author's version of a paper accepted for publication in Emotion. Copyright American Psychological Association 2016. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Oct 2015 09:49
Last Modified : 23 Feb 2016 11:41
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808996

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