Hedonophobia is an excessive fear or aversion to obtaining pleasure.[1] The purported background of some such associated feelings may be due to an egalitarian-related sentiment, whereby one feels a sense of solidarity with individuals in the lowest Human Development Index countries.[2] For others, a recurring thought that some things are too good to be true has resulted in an ingrainedness that they are not entitled to feel too good.[3] The condition is relatively rare.[4] Sometimes, it can be triggered by a religious upbringing wherein asceticism is propounded.[5]


  1. A Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health - Page 209, Michele R. Davidson, 2012
  2. An Excess of Phobias and Manias - Page 96, John G. Robertson - 2003
  3. Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda - Page 69, Paul Kurtz - 2014
  4. http://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2015/09/28/news/ask-fiona-how-do-i-help-my-friend-who-is-self-harming-269750/
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terri-cole/fear-of-joy_b_1703103.html
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