Unhappiness is the great taboo of our society, and whenever someone asks you how you are, how many times when you are unhappy do you tell them. Edith Weiskopf-Joelson, (before her death professsor of psychology at the University of Georgia,)contended, in her article on logotherapy that our “current mental-hygiene philosophy stresses the idea that people ought to be happy, that unhappiness is a symptom of maladjustment.Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy.” And in another paper she expressed the hope that logotherapy “might help counteract certain unhealthy trends in the present day culture of the United States, where the incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his/her suffering and to consider it enobling rather than degrading” so that “he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.”
Wow what was all that about, well its simple really, there is, despite all the don’t worry be happy vibe, nothing wrong in being unhappy. Unhappiness is part of a process of life, it helps us deal with situations. Its like Sun and Rain, both have their benefits but one without the other and nothing will grow.
So if you have hit this page looking for an understanding of your own or a close friends unhappiness then try reading these:
Both of them acknoweldge the pain and lonliness of unhappiness and offer affirmative coping strategies to help you develop as a person