Cherophobia Fear of happiness

Cherophobia is the fear of joy and, by extension, happiness . We can say that these people suffer from the “fear of consequences” syndrome.

In fact, they have recorded the idea that all joy must be paid for and that if they feel a feeling of joy (even a simple one), something bad will automatically happen.

This phobia affects both men and women equally.


Cherophobia refers to the fear of any form or expression of happiness.

Cherophobics are melancholic, even depressive, people who maintain their phobia of a traumatic event during which they made fun of a moment of joy, they were upset.

Sad, fatalistic, the cherophobic can be fascinated by ugliness, death and attracted by cynical and misanthropic philosophers or writers such as Cioran or Samuel Beckett.

Psychotherapy is necessary to overcome choreophobia .


The fear of happiness places the cherophobics in an omnipresent and deep melancholy.

It is also important not to neglect the depressive background that is inherent in this phobia and that can be the precursor sign of a real depression (we speak of hidden depression).


Very often, there is a traumatic event at the root of this phobia.

This event is often linked to shame or humiliation related to a moment in which a joy has been thwarted, mocked, mocked in a way strong enough for the subject to reject any access to joy in their relational life.


Cherophobes are sad and withdrawn people.

They have a fatalistic character with the strong idea that happiness is not for them. As a result, the very notion of beauty is foreign to them.

Therefore, they will invest everything that seems ugly to others, everything that corresponds to a certain sadness and they will credit what is related to a certain “bad to live”.

This creates a fascination for the morbid, the dark, the dead ….

This general tendency can lead to a certain misanthropy (hatred of humans) with a retreat towards melancholic ideas and an attraction to so-called cynical philosophers.


The main treatment for joy is psychotherapy .

It is about helping people with this phobia to access the idea of ​​possible joy without fear of negative consequences and to gain confidence in their ability to love and be loved.

Therefore, it is the entire edifice of narcissism that must be rebuilt step by step and this requires a little time and investment.


It could be said that all cynical or pessimistic philosophers were (or are) kephobic. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) and Cioran (1911-1995) have a tendency to reject joy as the driving force of life.

Animophobia is also found in writers such as Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Louis Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) and also, closer to us, in Michel Houellebecq.

Cherophobia is a cousin of psychosthenia, neurasthenia, or melancholy.

Thus, the works of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Franz Schubert (1797-1828) (in particular “La jeune fille et la mort”) or the baroque musician Marin Marais (1656-1728), are marked by a fundamental sadness .

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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