Exploring Nostalgia's Influence on Psychological Growth

  title={Exploring Nostalgia's Influence on Psychological Growth},
  author={Matthew Baldwin and Mark Jordan Landau},
  journal={Self and Identity},
  pages={162 - 177}
Prior research shows that the experience of nostalgia—a sentimental longing for the past—serves to buffer self-threat. Complementing this work, the current research assessed the possibility that nostalgia promotes psychological growth—that is, the potential to cultivate inner potentialities, seek out optimal challenges, and integrate new experiences into the self-concept. Two studies tested the effect of experimentally induced nostalgia on growth-oriented self-perceptions and behavioral… 
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