When someone is scared of being happy.

Do you know any person who is afraid having fun?

If you encounter any person with this behavior, he or she has a cherophobia. These people suffer from fear of fun or happiness. These people believe that if they become happy, something bad will happen on their lives.

Cherophobia is derived from two greek words. Charo which means joy and phobos means deep aversion of fear.

Causes of Cherophobia

  • Incident from past experiences, particularly during childhood. As a child, the person could’ve experienced a great joy or happiness that was followed by a traumatic incidence such as death of a dear one.
  • Incident from past experiences where the person experienced great happiness then suddenly followed by an embarrassing situation.
  • Genes also play an important role for the inheritance of this behavior.
  • Excess stress that could’ve led to depression and anxiety.

Symptoms of Cherophobia

The symptoms of cherophobia are just the same with other phobias. Some of the physical signs or symptoms are:

  • Dizziness, shaking of hands and legs
  • Shortness of breath or covering sensation.
  • Palpitations, rapid beating of heart, or quickened heart rate.
  • Chest pain or uneasiness.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Feeling of gagging.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea or stomach trouble.
  • Feeling precarious, bleary eyed, dazed, or black out.
  • Numbness or shivering sensations.
  • Cold or hot flashes.



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