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Are You Afraid of Happiness [Quiz]

A fear of happiness often coexists with other mental disorders



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Not everyone experiences happiness as a good thing. Some people feel a sense of anxiety or fear when fortune favors them, and that reticence can lead people to suppress positive emotions to an unhealthy degree. An avoidance of happiness can also feed other mental health issues, such as depression. Treating this fear can make therapy for other concerns more successful. To learn more, see “Fear of Happiness Underlies Some Mental Illnesses” and take this quiz below.

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