The Psychology of Nostalgia

Posted on July 3, 2013

It seems incredible now but at one time nostalgia used to be considered a psychiatric condition:

"Nostalgia was regarded as a medical disease confined to the Swiss, a view that persisted through most of the 19th century. Symptoms—including bouts of weeping, irregular heartbeat, and anorexia—were attributed variously to demons inhabiting the middle brain, sharp differentiation in atmospheric pressure wreaking havoc in the brain, or the unremitting clanging of cowbells in the Swiss Alps which damaged the eardrum and brain cells." (Sedikides et al., 2008)

Nowadays we know that it's not just the Swiss that 'suffer' from nostalgia, it's most people, to varying degrees. One survey finds that 80% of people feel nostalgic at least once a week.

There's some reason to think nostalgia might be bad for you, as it does have negative components. Nostalgia is often experienced as a loss or longing for what has now gone. But studies suggest that at the same time people experience warm, positive emotions as they remember happy times.

Click on the link below to read the full article


Source material from PsyBlog


Mental Health News

  • Multi-Tasking Isn't All Bad

    newsthumbA recent published experimental study investigated the effects of multi-tasking on productivity, with the results suggesting that perceived ...

  • Forgiveness and Emotional Freedom

    newsthumbThis article talks about how showing forgiveness is the best route to emotional healing and freedom.

  • Advantages of being Narcissistic

    newsthumbNarcissism has a negative connotation and is often seen as an undesirable trait to have. However, recent findings show that there are positive ...