The Negative Effects Of Nostalgia

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Nostalgia and Nostalgia-Proneness Nostalgia translates from Greek as the burning wish to return (Sedikides, Wildschut & Baden, 2004) and was originally defined as a medical condition by Hofer (1688/1934) to describe extreme homesickness. While originally viewed as a negative phenomena, modern conceptualization describes nostalgia an evocation of mixed emotional states where one feels mostly positive emotions towards one’s past with a hint of negative affect towards missing the one’s past (Abeyta, Routledge, & Juhl, 2015; Wildscut et. al., 2006). Holak and Havlena (1998) associated nostalgia with tenderness, exhilaration, loss, serenity and pleasure. Research has suggested that nostalgia can be triggered by negative emotions in order to counteract one’s negative state through a new elevated and positive state (Stephan et. al., 2014). Nostalgia also allows for high cognitive appraisal in which the recipient compares the present and the past (Sedikides, Wildschut, & Baden, 2004) and serves to elicit positive self-continuity narratives of the self (Sedikides et. al., 2015a). Theses conceptualizations imply that nostalgia is a eudaimonic response consisting of a string of cognitive and affect responses that are affected over time by one’s life story and give individuals life meaning (Oliver & Woolly, 2011; Sedikides and Wildschut, 2017). Nostalgia has also been shown to be elicited through entertainment content where elicitors may potentially come from objects, characters, and
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