Seems like an odd thing to consider;
that someone could be addicted to suffering.
We all have to endure suffering of one sort or
another, but there are some people who are
literally addicted to distress. Now wait a minute,
who would want such a thing? First of all, is
such a thing actually possible? Lifelong struggles with trauma or other negative experiences may fuel an unconscious desire to continually return to the status quo of unhappiness.
Some people who seem comfortable in their misery actually may be suffering from an underlying mental health disorder.
Some people pride themselves on realism, believing that being practical or realistic also means focusing on the negative.
Because of decisions or experiences in their past, some people are consumed by guilt or regret that they cannot overcome. Instead, they choose to punish themselves and/or others.
Some people are afraid to feel joy since positive feelings might be a “setup” for disappointment.
The prospect of happiness strikes fear of the unknown for those who have never felt anything but unhappiness.
Dissatisfaction becomes a motivator to work harder, change jobs, eat healthier, spend more time with friends and family or prevent unwanted behaviors or situations.
Some people make it a personal mission to take on the world’s problems as their own. While noble in some respects, these individuals cannot allow themselves to feel happiness when, for example, people are starving or global warming is damaging the planet.