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Personal Objects and Dress as Instruments for Anchoring the Self, Remembering the Past, and Enhancing Well-Being

Cili, Soljana (2023) Personal Objects and Dress as Instruments for Anchoring the Self, Remembering the Past, and Enhancing Well-Being. In: Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities. Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 23-35. ISBN 9781350153790

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Cili, Soljana

This chapter discusses the relationship that personal objects and dress have with individuals’ autobiographical memories, sense of self, and psychological well-being. The first part of the chapter introduces the psychological literature on autobiographical memory. It then presents theories and empirical evidence suggesting that autobiographical memories influence the self, as well as emotions, behaviours, and psychological well-being both over time and immediately upon retrieval. The second part of the chapter draws on psychology and disciplines such as anthropology and material culture studies to demonstrate how personal objects and dress can serve as powerful reminders of past experiences and past selves. It also attempts to elucidate the mechanisms through which personal objects and dress may influence psychological well-being. The chapter concludes by highlighting the need for further research in this area and how this research may help enhance vulnerable individuals’ well-being while reducing the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Official Website: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/memories-of-dress-9781350153806/
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Autobiographical Memory; Dress, Fashion, Material Culture, Personal Objects, Psychological Well-being
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Bloomsbury Publishing
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 6 April 2023
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2023 15:11
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2023 15:11
Item ID: 19756
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19756

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