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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2015 Oct;41(10):1395-410. doi: 10.1177/0146167215596985. Epub 2015 Jul 30.

Nostalgia-Evoked Inspiration: Mediating Mechanisms and Motivational Implications.

Author information

1
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel elena_stephan@hotmail.com.
2
University of Southampton, UK.
3
North Dakota State University, Fargo, USA.
4
University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.

Abstract

Six studies examined the nostalgia-inspiration link and its motivational implications. In Study 1, nostalgia proneness was positively associated with inspiration frequency and intensity. In Studies 2 and 3, the recollection of nostalgic (vs. ordinary) experiences increased both general inspiration and specific inspiration to engage in exploratory activities. In Study 4, serial mediational analyses supported a model in which nostalgia increases social connectedness, which subsequently fosters self-esteem, which then boosts inspiration. In Study 5, a rigorous evaluation of this serial mediational model (with a novel nostalgia induction controlling for positive affect) reinforced the idea that nostalgia-elicited social connectedness increases self-esteem, which then heightens inspiration. Study 6 extended the serial mediational model by demonstrating that nostalgia-evoked inspiration predicts goal pursuit (intentions to pursue an important goal). Nostalgia spawns inspiration via social connectedness and attendant self-esteem. In turn, nostalgia-evoked inspiration bolsters motivation.

KEYWORDS:

inspiration; motivation; nostalgia; self-esteem; social connectedness

PMID:
26228477
DOI:
10.1177/0146167215596985
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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