Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Nostalgia: Psychology, Psychopathology, Therapy

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Nostalgia: Psychology, Psychopathology, Therapy

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Nostalgia: Psychology, Psychopathology, Therapy by Alexander Nedouva Alpha-Ashdod-Prosperity, Israel, 2006, pp.156.

This is an interesting book by a professor of psychiatry, a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of the Russian Federation, Alexander Nedouva, who immigrated from Russia to Israel.

The book is dedicated to the problem of nostalgia - one of the important features frequently appearing and accompanying persons after a change of their place of living. Massive migration of people in the world during the last decades contributed to the increase of the number of people suffering from this phenomenon. The author himself took part in this immigration wave.

The word "nostalgia" consists of two Greek roots (nostos - returning home, and algos - pain), to refer to "the pain a sick person feels because he wishes to return to his native land, and fears never to see it again." The term was coined in 1688 by Johannes Hofer (1669-1752), a Swiss medical student. This neologism was so successful that people forgot its origin. Homesickness is often given as a synonym for nostalgia.

The book has six main sections. The first chapter is scholarly, dealing with the history of nostalgia. The next section is dedicated to the contribution of social and psychological factors to the phenomenon of nostalgia. …

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