Summary: Creating Nostalgia for the Present

  • Name: Amanda Montell LOS ANGELES TIMES
  • Category: Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Media Outlet: LOS ANGELES TIMES
  • Deadline: 12:00 PM EST – 1 March

Query: When the present feels painful, we tend to embrace nostalgia as a coping mechanism. But at its worst, idealizing the past can serve as a dangerous political weapon. This serviceable piece will unpack the advantages and pitfalls of losing ourselves in nostalgia for the past, while offering actionable advice from psychologists for how to reframe our perspectives to generate so-called nostalgia for the present, or “anticipatory nostalgia”, which comes with its own set of pros and cons. According to a series of 2020 experiments, nostalgia for the present not only decreased anxiety in folks not fully content with their lives, it also enhanced meaningfulness and life enjoyment. With this piece, I’d love to bring both a personal and serviceable touch to the concept of nostalgia for the present. I’m looking for answers to the following questions.

  1. What is anticipatory nostalgia? Why have researchers begun studying this phenomenon more in the past few years? What about the current cultural moment has created this interest in nostalgia in its myriad forms?
  2. How does this feeling of missing something you haven’t yet lost compare to classic nostalgia, where you might miss something that potentially never even existed? Are there different psychological risks and benefits to each form of nostalgia?
  3. If someone is currently feeling unsatisfied with their life, what exercises can they do to create a sense of nostalgia for the present as a way to help them get lost in fantasies of the past?

Requirements: I’m looking to speak with psychologists (PhD, Masters, or the equivalent) who have explicitly studied nostalgia.

Summary: Power of Positivity – Looking for psychologists to comment

  • Category: Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Media Outlet: Anonymous
  • Deadline: 7:00 PM EST – 1 March

Query: I’m working on an article about positive thinking and the impact that it can have on people’s mindsets. I would love to speak to a couple of psychologists or researchers on this topic. Thanks!

Summary: Link between ASD and self-harm

  • Name: Hope Gillette Healthline
  • Category: Biotech and Healthcare
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Media Outlet: Healthline
  • Deadline: 7:00 PM EST – 1 March

Query: Hi everyone! I’ve got an article coming up on the link between ASD and self-harm. I’m looking for quotes on:

  1. Is self-harm more common in ASD?
  2. Why are ASD and self-harm linked? (underlying causes)
  3. What are ways to support an autistic child who self-harms?
  4. How is self-harm treated in ASD?
  5. What are the signs of self-harm in ASD?

As always, I need a link to your professional bio page on a private practice site, commercial employer, or academia. I can’t use bios from general internet directories or competitor content sites. The website you submit must at least have your name and credentials on it, preferably with an extended bio. I do prioritize submissions with the answers already provided in the reply, and I usually use 2-3 experts in each article. If you’d like to learn more about me and what I write, you can visit my author pages:


Requirements: Mental health professionals, please. Thank you!

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