Do you suffer from PRAISOPHOBIA…? (Praisophobia is Fear of Praise)

Source: Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: Praisophobia – Fear of Praise

Why My Wife Never Praises Me

My Wife never has a good word for me.

Surely – I am not saying that I am an “angel” – a perfect husband.

But – neither am I that terrible a husband.

Surely – I have at least one good quality – or – surely – I have done at least one good deed in my entire life.

But – my wife has never ever praised me even once in our more than 34 years of married life.

The reason – my wife suffers from Praisophobia

Do you also suffer from “Praisophobia”…?

Do you know what is “Praisophobia”…?

Let me delve into my “HUMOR IN MARRIAGE” Archives – and post for you an updated and abridged version of an article I wrote more than 3 years ago in March 2013 on Praisophobia

PRAISOPHOBIA 

A Weird “PHOBIA”

(Not to be confused with “Prosophobia” – which means the “fear of progress”)

Ramblings of a Retired Mind

By

VIKRAM KARVE 

PRAISOPHOBIA – MEANING AND DEFINITION

I have coined a new term – “PRAISOPHOBIA”

“Praisophobia” is the “FEAR OF PRAISE”.

“Praisophobia” is the fear that if you praise someone – then that person’s behaviour may change for the worse 

You fear that if you praise something – then something adverse may happen

(“Praisophobia” is not to be confused with “Prosophobia” which means “Fear of Progress”)

PRAISOPHOBIA IN ACTION

Let me give you an example of PRAISOPHOBIA.

30 years ago – if you asked my wife what was the worst thing she did not like about me – she would unhesitatingly say that she hated my drinking and smoking habits.

In fact – my wife particularly disliked my love for drinking alcohol.

Yes – I must confess that I indeed loved to drink alcohol.

I had my first drink after I joined the Navy in the 1970’s.

I started enjoying drinking alcohol in earnest on my first ship where the wardroom bar was well stocked with the choicest varieties of alcoholic beverages – wines, spirits, liquors, liqueurs, beers – you name it and the drink was available.

Those days drinking was quite affordable – since the booze was duty-free on navy ships.

And along with drinking – we started smoking too – the main incentive being the attraction of the best imported brands of cigarettes which we got at duty-free rates in the navy.

I sampled and tasted all the types of choicest liquor available in the ship’s bar.

After experiencing all varieties and types of alcoholic drinks I discovered that I liked two brands:

  1. Blended Scotch Whiskycalled Chivas Regal(which I drank on board in the Ship’s Wardroom)

and

  1. an Indian Dark Rumcalled Hercules XXX Rum(which I drank ashore in Navy Wardrooms and Military Officers’ Messes and Clubs).

We did not get duty-free liquor ashore – and after developing a taste for Scotch Whisky – I found the Indian Whiskies of those days quite raw, coarse and rough for my palate.

In contrast – Indian Dark Rum was probably the best in the world – and famous brands Indian Rum like Hercules, Sea Pirate and Old Monk were particularly good and mellow.

Hey – I am digressing – so let me get to the point.

As I told you – my wife hated my drinking.

In contrast – I loved drinking so much that I used to eagerly wait for sunset – so that I could pour my first peg of the day.

As a rule I avoided drinking in daytime – since I did not enjoy it.

I drank quite regularly – almost every day – and I am sure my wife was very worried that I may become alcohol dependent or even an alcoholic.

My wife religiously fasted on Mondays – and I am sure she prayed to God that I should stop drinking alcohol.

Probably – my regular drinking was the biggest problem in her married life.

Then – all of a sudden – one day – I stopped drinking and smoking.

Yes – I quit drinking alcohol forever.

On the same day – I also quit smoking forever.

This happened more than 14 years ago – and since then – I have remained a teetotaller and non-smoker.

I thought that my wife would be delighted that I had stopped drinking and smoking.

I thought that my wife would be filled with joy that her prayers had been answered.

I expected that my wife would be happy and grateful that her alcohol loving husband had turned a new leaf and was living a life of temperance and sobriety.

In fact – I thought that she would be full of praise for me.

However – since the day I quit drinking – my wife has never praised me even once for having the resolve and willpower to free myself from the clutches of alcohol – which I loved so dearly.

In my opinion – for an alcohol lover like me to have quit drinking permanently was a commendable act deserving of the highest praise – especially from my wife who hated my drinking habit.

Yet – my wife has never uttered a word of praise for my good deed – either in private or in public.

Yes – in all these 14 years – my wife has never praised me for having given up drinking and smoking.

The reason – PRAISOPHOBIA

My wife is afraid of the consequences of praise.

My wife feels that if she praises me  then I may start drinking and smoking again.

So Dear Reader – the moral of the story is this:

If you do a praiseworthy deed and someone does not praise you – then please do not get disappointed – and do not think that those persons are unappreciative.

Maybe that person suffers from Praisophobia.

Think about it.

Do you suffer from Praisophobia…?

Is your spouse afflicted by Praisophobia…?

Or – do you know someone who is Praisophobic…?

Have you observed Praisophobia?

Do tell us of your experiences with Praisophobia” and other such crazy phobias you have come across in your life.

Links to My Self Help Articles:

HOW TO QUIT SMOKING -> 

http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/05/world-no-tobacco-day-blog-post-how-to.html

HOW TO QUIT DRINKING ->

http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/07/booze-trap-way-out-how-to-quit-drinking.html

 

To conclude – if someone does not praise you for a good deed – your spouse or your boss or anyone – just ask that person:

“Do you suffer from PRAISOPHOBIA…?”

VIKRAM KARVE

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Updated Version of my Article written by me Vikram Karve in March 2013 on PRAISOPHOBIA and Earlier Posted Online by me Vikram Karve in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog at 3/14/2013 11:01:00 AM at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/03/praisophobia.html   and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/12/praisophobia-fear-of-praise-humor-in.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/11/praisophobia-weird-phobia.html and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/07/humor-in-marriage-praisophobia-why-my.html  and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/07/praisophobia-fear-of-praise.html etc

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