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Unhappiness is often viewed as something to be prevented, avoided or eliminated. Yet recent studies reveal that for some people, feeling good is what scares them. Recognizing this fear and targeting it with therapy may be a critical first step before other mental illnesses can be treated.

People fear positive emotions for many reasons, such as feeling unworthy or believing good fortune inevitably leads to a fall, according to two new studies. Mohsen Joshanloo, a psychology graduate student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, developed a Fear of Happiness Scale, on which participants indicate their level of agreement with statements such as “Having lots of joy and fun causes bad things to happen.” Such beliefs can plague people in many countries, according to a study by Joshanloo published online in October 2013 in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. The study found the scale to be reliable in 14 different cultures.

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Viktig om behandlingsrelasjonen

Fra kronikken «Færre piller, flere samtaler!» av Anders Danielsen Lie, Morgenbladet april 2013. 

Jeg liker ikke å bruke meg selv som eksempel. Men jeg gikk selv lenge i terapi hos en psykiater som dessverre døde i fjor. Gjennom alle årene jeg gikk til ham, prøvde han ut en masse forskjellige teknikker på meg: psykodynamisk terapi, kognitiv atferdsterapi og tankefeltterapi, for å nevne noen. Jeg tror ikke jeg var hans enkleste pasient. Grunnen til at jeg kontaktet ham igjen og igjen når ting var vanskelig, var ikke på grunn av hans metoder, men fordi han var et godt menneske. Relasjonen var behandlingen.

 

Diagnoser og sirkelargumentasjon

It should be clear that a DSM diagnostic category cannot be the “cause” of anything. A DSM diagnosis is a consensually agreed upon term—a form of shorthand—that we use to refer to a group of symptoms. If a colleague says a patient has generalized anxiety disorder, we know the patient has been excessively worried or anxious for six months or longer and it is severe enough to cause problems. That is basically all we know. Saying that anxiety is “caused” by generalized anxiety disorder makes no more sense than saying “anxiety is caused by anxiety.” A label is not a cause.

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