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Some years ago, while working with a client named Sarah on anxiety related to her work, and exploring what brought her happiness, she remarked, “I’m afraid to really feel happy.”
I was surprised at her comment. I asked, “What are you afraid will happen if you feel happy?”
This competent and intelligent middle-aged woman said that throughout her life, whenever she became jubilant or joyful, “the other shoe fell,” and something unpleasant, disappointing, or painful seemed to follow in short order. I explored with her how she might be having selective perception and was noticing negative events out of negative expectation, rather than from a direct cause and effect in which feeling happy caused the subsequent bad events to occur.
In explaining her fear, Sarah recalled……..click here to continue reading original article.