Hugging the Past: The Way We Were and the Way We Are

  • Aleksandra Kostić
  • Marija Pejičić
  • Derek Chadee


Our view of past experiences influences our view of present and future experiences. Considering that feelings caused by memories are actually current memories, our attitudes toward past experiences can simultaneously shape and color both our present and our future. As such, it is worthwhile to consider what determines these attitudes. This chapter attempts to assess past experiences, focusing on time perspective as the fundamental dimension of the subjective experience of time. It narrows the subject of interest to the past time perspective, believing that the past time orientation is key to understanding the individual and the social functioning of a person in his or her present and future life. An attempted integration of attachment, self, and personality is undertaken to understand the adopted past time orientation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Kostić
    • 1
  • Marija Pejičić
    • 1
  • Derek Chadee
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NišNišSerbia
  2. 2.The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine CampusSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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