Cherophobia is the fear of gaiety, happiness, joyfulness or rejoicing. Some people are afraid of allowing themselves to be too happy because they think there is a negative event that will happen as a tradeoff. We all have met some people in our life stating that with Happiness near us, sadness is not far away. Read on to find more about it!
There are four major reasons, mainly coming from the western cultures, behind people avoiding being happy. One belief states that being happy will automatically provoke bad things to happen. Other belief says that celebrating happiness makes you a worst person while other two cultural beliefs claim that expressing happiness is bad for you and pursuing happiness is also bad for you and others.
1. History of extreme traumatic events - sudden death of family/friend, sudden loss of financial support, sexual abuse - rape,
2. Heredity or genetics
3. A traumatic experience at an early age.
4. Major clinical depression
5. Extreme mind restlessness
7. Extreme amount of guilt and resentment against self and society
1. A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to gaiety
2. The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid gaiety
3. The inability to function normally because of your anxiety
4. Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated but feeling powerless to control them
1. Hypnoanalysis, approved as a method of therapy since 1958 by the American Medical Association where the therapy controls subconscious mind.
2. Neuro-Linguistic Programming, where therapist will analyze every word and phrase you use in describing your symptoms or concerns about your health and your facial expression too.
3. Energy Psychology, which shifts the brain’s electrochemistry using certain techniques such as yoga, tai chi, prana, qi gong and many more.
5. Behavioral therapy
The person may always have a feeling of worthlessness and feel lack of love too although it can be treated.
Food for thought friends!
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