Social anhedonia is a reduced ability or an inability to derive pleasure, happiness, and joy from social interactions. It’s a type of anhedonia, a broader term that implies a failure to derive pleasure from something that is usually pleasurable and enjoyable.
Being a social species, humans naturally experience a sense of pleasure and joy when connecting with each other. However, those with social anhedonia don’t feel anything when they connect with others.
They may even experience negative emotions in social situations, which makes them want to withdraw socially.
Social anhedonia is a core symptom of depression and other mental health conditions like:
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorders
Taking the social anhedonia test
This test consists of 13 items on a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. It’s not meant to be a diagnosis. Answer the items based on how you’ve been feeling lately.
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