Chris and nostalgia
—Chris reminiscing on his High School days
The foundation of most of Chris' adult life has been his fixation on the past, especially for things that have had deep significance to his life in order to escape from the present, whether it be through cartoons, interacting with past gal pals and sweethearts, or reminiscing past experiences with trolls.
Nostalgia in Chris' life
Although viewed as a mental disease when it was first discovered, nostalgia, in the modern age, is seen as a natural, common, positive emotion for escaping the confines of reality. Seeing how difficult it is for Chris to grasp reality as it is in its present, the way he grasps the past is unimaginably worse.
Chris' nostalgia comes from a wide variety of sources. It can be speculated that the main source of Chris' nostalgia in unhealthy amounts is his stress. At a psychological level, nostalgia is the result of negative feelings and results in the increase in of one's positive emotions. It can also be used as a coping mechanism for dealing with whatever stressful situation one may be in.
Given how Chris currently lives his life, constantly dealing with weens, and being denied china by every girl he meets, Chris will sometimes use his past experiences in a strange way to relieve his stress. For example, at the end of the Jessica Saga, Chris, feeling awfully depressed from losing his girlfriend, decided to contact Megan on her Facebook, and hook up with her again, even after having been accusing her of being behind his current situation for the past four years.
Other times, Chris will hold onto past experiences that gave him grief. For example, before attempting to contact Megan ever again, Chris always held onto how Megan was somehow responsible for his problems in his life for supposedly leaking information of him on Encyclopedia Dramatica with Mimms and Lucas. This attachment to such events can become so strong that eventually, Chris will snap from all of the added stress. For example, in several 2013 September Facebook posts, Chris continuously curses Megan along with other fruits of his bad memories.
After getting a bear hug at the 2018 MAGfest from a fan who lifted his 212+ pound body off the ground, Chris commented on the nostalgia he felt, saying, "Hey, did anyone get video or photo of @Spinalpalm hugging me and lifting me up high after the Panel? I would love to have that video to watch over and over. I never thought I could ever be lifted up high by anyone since I got too heavy for my parents."
- Main article: Manchester High
Of all of the memories Chris holds dear, he seems to be most attached to his years in Manchester High.This is best shown with the Greene County Conspiracy video, the Lego replica, and him wearing the jacket (as shown with the 26 December 2014 incident). He also purchased a schooldesk, which he uses as a workstation, allowing him to further transition back to his happiest years. For many years he fixated on his high school reunion but never attended. Likely for the best, as the MHS of real life can't possibly compare with the one in his mind.
Like many people who over-indulge in nostalgia, Chris has a rather warped view of his time at Manchester High in retrospect. He often looks back on it as a time when he was surrounded by friends and could have easily obtained the true love he seeks to this day, if only he had known how good he had it. In reality, his more down-to-earth recollections of high school paint a picture of Chris being bullied, fairly isolated and disengaged.
- January 2018 tweets#Much love for MAGfest fans
- December 2017 Facebook posts