Theoretical Interpretation of the Concept of Nostalgia- from Psychopathological disorder to Psychological Well Being
Keywords:Nostalgia, Melancholy, Reminiscene, Recollection
AbstractThe term ‘Nostalgia” initially referred to “extreme homsickness” experienced by Swiss mercenaries. With the passage of time nostalgia was equated with emotions such as love, jealousy and fear rather than with conditions like melancholia and obsessive compulsion. Mills and Coleman defined nostalgia as bittersweet recall of past events. From philosophical point of view nostalgia enable to discover one’s sense of “Good” and “Right,”. Nostalgia as Leisure means during hectic times, the exercise of nostalgia acts as means of escape. Nostalgia facilitates continuity of Identity through cultivating appreciative stances toward former self. Nostalgia improves psychological well-being and memory functions.
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