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    Default When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    I've been sinking in nostalgia more and more lately - life has quite dull and unexciting lately, going to sleep has been thinking of the past and dreams have been very set in the past....I want to go back to the 70's and 80's.

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    I am sure a psycholgist could analyse our interest in nostalgia in detail but at the end of the day if looking at the past makes you feel a bit happier ...then who cares about the reasoning.
    Personally some of the first things I ever searched for on the internet way back when the internet was young were old tv theme tunes and pictures of long lost sweet wrappers. There were no websites like this one around then so it was a challenge to find information. I am lucky in that I have a couple of friends who have a similar interest so it makes for conversation down the pub.

    I don't think it is unhealthy. Your past makes you who you are now so if your past was hopefully a happy one....enjoy reflecting on it.
    Anything that makes you happy, is legal(ish) and doesn't harm anyone is a good thing!

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    I think it's probably unhealthy if your obesssion impacts on your life now and unless you're friends with Doc Brown you ain't going back to the those 'happy days' any time soon.

    I had a great childhood, growing up in the 60s/70s with a great mum and dad and load of friends. The memories get stronger as time goes on and are made even more poingient now that my parents aren't here anymore. I love looking back and chatting about times gone by but you've also got to find something that makes life worth living now. I've got my wife and son and a stack of interests that keep me going and I know that when my son grows up and looks back, what we're doing now will make up his memories. I don't want him remembering me as always being unhappy that I had to grow up (in age, not interests).

    Only you can make your life exciting so get out there and do something about it. It doesn't mean you still can't hanker after some Spangles or other old nonsense once in a while.

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    Its hard to believe that over a month has passed since this thread appeared.

    Sigh - the good old days of September 08 - where have they all gone?

    I have some really fine memories of that month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    Its hard to believe that over a month has passed since this thread appeared.

    Sigh - the good old days of September 08 - where have they all gone?

    I have some really fine memories of that month
    I hated September 08. It was nothing like the good old days of early August.

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    August?

    Thats not nostalgia - thats ancient history and way too long ago for this site

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    Don't feel guilty for having an interest in social history!

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    I think it can feel unhealthy because in terms of world view, it is too easy to feel that we were better off, which given some of the fashions, can be depressing.

    In the early 80s, there was a magazine called New Voyager; one issue had an article on old sci fi movies. It closed with the following:

    'Never go back. But don't be afraid to close your eyes and cherish the memories.'

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    Quote Originally Posted by Derekflint View Post
    'Never go back. But don't be afraid to close your eyes and cherish the memories.'
    Several times when I have gone back, I've discovered memories have been false!
    We can remember the rehearsal of memories as we replay them, and these can drift: become more idealised, or the reverse.

    And of course "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    I would say overall we are just as much in danger with an obsession with the "new", as though that *had* to equate to progress.
    Many things were better done a generation or two back...

    On alert in every direction it seems we have to be.
    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

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    Default Re: When does nostalgia become unhealthy

    im not so sure nostalgia ever becomes unhealthy.
    whats wrong with watching,playing the same games you did as a kid.

    what is really wrong with thinking of and remembering your earlier days.
    remembering back makes me happy and if thats unhealthy well ill continue to do it.

    its only unhealthy if its illegal.

    lets be honest as a kid everyrthing you do is adding to your memories.
    every day is special as a kid and we should rtreasure those memories.
    i just wish id had a diary and wrote everything down.

    and i also surround myself in nostalgia wuith things i collect.

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