No Need to Fear Good News
Do you find it strange that, unlike everyone else you know, you’re averse to receiving good news?
Does it make you uneasy? Are people starting to notice and maybe calling you a party pooper? Perhaps you think, I’m just being me. Maybe you’ve always accepted good news with a grimace, while everyone else jumps up and down with excitement.
By now you’ve probably seen that when others receive positive news, it’s a source of joy for them. While you, on the other hand, get all sweaty, nervous, and awkward.
Ever thought of why this might be? It must be exhausting going through life absent of the glee good news can bring.
You may be suffering from a condition known as euphobia, or the fear of good news. As you may already know, it’s an unhealthy psychological disorder, but it can be remedied. Learning about and understanding this unusual concept of being afraid of good news is the first step towards a solution.
What Is the Fear of Good News?
Euphobia is an intense and abnormal dread of good news. It’s usually a result of an earlier pattern of receiving good news but then being let down. As a defense mechanism, the sufferer builds an aversion toward hearing anything positive or hopeful in order to avoid being disappointed.
Victims of euphobia become anxious and apprehensive at the sound of good news. They’re also uncomfortable with positive feedback. Believe it or not, they’d rather hear bad news than good. That way, they can tell themselves I knew it! They don’t have to feel like imposters or spend the time waiting for the bad news they feel is sure to follow.
Those with euphobia often worry about ‘jinxing’ good news. They don’t want to show excitement or pleasure in case the news changes. Yes, it sounds odd, because how can a person be afraid of good news? Shouldn’t the fact that it is good mean it should be welcomed? But euphobia, albeit rare, is a valid psychiatric condition, and euphobics exhibit many telling signs and distressing symptoms.
Those prone to anxiety disorders, pessimistic temperaments, cynics, and those who see positive events as always accompanied by pain and suffering are very likely to fall victim to euphobic behaviors and symptoms.
Symptoms of Euphobia
The mind is capable of translating thoughts and feelings, no matter how illogical, into real-time physical consequences within our bodies. Euphobia is a very real and valid fear.
Physical symptoms of euphobia include:
- Panic attacks
- Heart racing
- Body aches
- Shortage of breath
- Chest pain
Overcoming Your Fear
Living in constant dread of prospective good news is no way to live your life. It’s unhealthy to believe that because you have been disappointed in the past, the only thing that comes your way is bad news. The truth is that when you expect to hear only bad news, you start working towards it. This translates into all areas of life from career aspirations to school, and even your social life. It all becomes a frustrating cycle of closed doors, plunging you further into depression.
But don’t throw in the towel just yet. You can lift yourself out of this perpetual angst and give yourself a little more faith in the good things again. Here’s how:
Yoga and Meditation
This offers you the opportunity to calm your nerves, relax, and allow yourself to think positive thoughts. None of that alarming uneasiness and panic, just you meditating on happiness and positivity. You’ll discover that as much as things can go wrong, they can go right as well. It’s a 50/50 chance.
Deliberately set out time to think about good news or receiving it. Reset your mind to receiving good news as a good thing rather than a cause for anxiety. That examination result you’re expecting? Think about how proud you’re going to be when you receive it. How it’s going to be a step forward in your education. How you’ll treat yourself to a little something new afterward.
That application you sent in last week? Visualize that acceptance email, how you’ll be dancing around the house screaming that you did it. You may even call your mom to tell her the great news. It’ll make her happy, too. Practice these scenarios in your mind, and you’ll experience gradual change in your thinking and feeling.
There are only a few ailments that physical exercise can’t help improve, including psychological disorders. Schedule a regular visit to the gym, or join an aerobics class, and watch your stress levels drop gradually.
When you receive good news, instead of wallowing in self-pity and apprehension, share the news with friends and family. Just seeing how they receive the news will help you begin to see it in a more appropriate light.
Some books focus on positive reinforcement and can serve as good cognitive therapy if followed studiously. To learn to overcome your fears, read a book or two on the subject, and watch yourself gradually go from Debbie Downer to over-the-moon optimist.
Getting Professional Help
Many psychologists, counselors, and therapists agree on three methodologies of dealing with euphobia:
This is a method of alternative medicine in which patients are put in a trance-like state of mind or subconscious plane. In this process, they can come up with positive behavioral changes or confront their minds and find answers to their problems. It is a long term procedure with positive results when done properly.
This is a treatment for mental health disorder patients that helps to mitigate problematic behaviors. It also provides tools and correctional skills to reset behavioral patterns and enforce new habits and attitudes.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This is also a popular therapy for mental health and anxiety sufferers. It challenges the mind to come up with new ways of thinking that would produce positive results physiologically and reverse unhealthy symptoms.
Work toward developing a realistic understanding of life as being both good and bad. Disappointments are a part of life, and so is good news. Every individual gets their fair share of each. When you look at life through neither thorn-pierced lenses nor rose-colored ones, you will appreciate the entirety of the experience.
Disappointment happens so that you can be grateful for the good times—not afraid of them. Continuing to live in a perpetual state of fear of good news is unhealthy for your body and mind and puts a strain on your overall quality of life.
Be open to receiving more good news, and if bad news does come along, try not to wallow in it. Remember it’s all a part of the experience.
Good news is good. It’s understandable that you may have an aversion to good news based on past experiences, but you are wiser and more knowledgeable now. Holding on to past hurts is harmful to your health. Get all the help you need. Liberate yourself from this chain of fear, so you can live a balanced, normal life.