A Proposal to Classify Happiness as a Psychiatric Disorder

O.o whut.

Folie à Plusieurs (The Madness of Many)

Bentall RP.

  • Department of Clinical Psychology, Liverpool University.


It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains–that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant.


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7 thoughts on “A Proposal to Classify Happiness as a Psychiatric Disorder”

  1. The study of why people are happy and what makes us happy is just as important and interesting as “abnormal” disorders. I’ve always loved positive psychology and the like because it shows us that happiness is still a state that needs to be achieved (not an automatic state) and can be achieved under specific circumstances.

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    1. That’s an interesting point of view. I’d welcome more research but a disorder… I don’t know. I’d like to think that it’s one of our most basic non-physical urges.

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  2. I think that we now have everything except Happiness as an illness of some sort, whereas I’d rather include Happiness in the DSM by way of leaning toward a compendium of the human personality in all its forms.

    That being said, just out of curiosity, what would the comorbidities of Happiness be?


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