Nostalgia is an important emotion, but it can cloud your present-day decision-making. This scale helps assess whether your feelings of nostalgia may be overpowering your better judgment.
By Jourdan Travers, LCSW | October 25, 2023
Measuring nostalgia involves exploring the memories, emotions, and cognitive processes that contribute to a “wistful longing for the past.” Researchers often employ a combination of methods to gain insight into this phenomenon.
Below is one method to test a person’s propensity for engaging in nostalgic thought. It is adapted from scientific research conducted by Teodor Gergov and his collaborators.
This self-report measure helps quantify various aspects of nostalgia, offering a glimpse into the tapestry of personal recollections. Clinicians rely on assessments such as these to determine whether one’s longing for the past may be interfering with their present judgment and decision-making.
You can take this test here. Follow all of the steps to receive your results.
Step 1: For each of the statements below, indicate how much you agree with the following statement on a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree).
References: Gergov, T., & Stoyanova, S. (2013). Sentimentality and nostalgia in elderly people: Psychometric properties of a new questionnaire. Psychological Thought, 6(2).