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Nostalgia as a social support repository: The role of attachment-related avoidance

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I will present evidence supporting the conceptualization of nostalgia as a support-seeking mechanism that serves to regulate distress by strengthening social bonds. Evidence from a number of methodologically diverse studies shows that nostalgia is triggered by loneliness, that nostalgia increases perceived social support, and that, by so doing, nostalgia counteracts detrimental effects of loneliness. Consistent with the principle that persons who are low (compared to high) in attachment-related avoidance regulate distress by seeking proximity to close others, more recent results further revealed that the link between loneliness and nostalgia was stronger when avoidance was low (compared to high) and that persons who are low (compared to high) in attachment-related avoidance derive more social support from nostalgia. Regarded for centuries as a neurological or psychological ailment, nostalgia is now emerging as a human strength.

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