How nostalgic are you?

In the past 20 years, researchers have come to understand the many benefits of a little personal nostalgia - the feeling of pining for elements from your own past. We have adapted work by psychologist Krystine Batcho to help you figure out how nostalgic you are, and what that says about you. If this fun quiz makes you curious to learn more, try the iPhone and iPad Nostalgia Inventory app, which is also based on Batcho's work. http://apple.co/2ceESDe

New Scientist
Created By New Scientist
On Sep 26, 2016

How much do you miss FAMILY from when you were younger?

How much do you miss TV & MOVIES from when you were younger?

How much do you miss NOT KNOWING SAD OR EVIL THINGS?

How much do you miss YOUR HOME from when you were younger?

How much do you miss TOYS from when you were younger?

How much do you miss FRIENDS from when you were younger?

How much do you miss HOLIDAYS from when you were younger?

How much do you miss THE WAY PEOPLE WERE when you were younger?

How much do you miss HAVING SOMEONE TO DEPEND ON when you were younger?

How much do you miss MUSIC from when you were younger?

Not So Nostalgic

Not So Nostalgic

You are more likely you are to see yourself as very independent, to feel less connection to others and to use less healthy coping skills.

"Less nostalgic people tend to deal with loneliness less effectively," says Batcho. They are also more likely to deal with problems in an escapist fashion – "I'll just go to the gym and work out a lot and when I get back the problem will be better."

Middle of the Road

Middle of the Road

You're totally average. People in the US and UK tend to have a mean score right in the middle - whereas the average in countries like China tends be on the more nostalgic end.

Nostalgia does vary with age, so perhaps you haven't yet peaked - or you've passed that peak? Nostalgia is greatest in early adulthood. Additionally, despite stereotypes, women aren't more prone to nostalgia. "Men and women score about the same," says Batcho.

Super Nostalgic

Super Nostalgic

The higher your nostalgia rating, the more likely you are to be emotionally intense, to have strong relationship and coping skills, to look for meaning in life and to seek help from others in hard times.