Why are people afraid of being happy?

It is sometimes presumed that when one is happy, something bad will follow says Dr Schomer. He argues that some cultures have a distorted perception when it comes to happiness.

Talking to Redi Tlabi, Dr Schomer looked at some of the beliefs that make people fear being happy and associate happiness to something that undermines them.

There is a faulty irrational belief system that happiness will cause other things, negative things

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show:

From the western perspective, we think happiness should be pursued at all costs; we have a right to it but there other cultures where it is not

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

We have cultures in which happiness is seen as frivolous, it’s seen as not taking life seriously and it is associated with shallowness.

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

This article first appeared on 702 : Why are people afraid of being happy?


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