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Nondepressive Anhedonia

9781572247567We (can) go from wanting everything to wanting nothing.

This vector of desire makes sense to me.

We (can) go from conditional joy (enjoying ourselves only when conditions are in accordance with our desires) to unconditional joy (enjoying ourselves regardless of the conditions we find ourselves in).

This vector of adaptation makes sense to me.

Others called this “nirvana.” I call this “nondepressive anhedonia” – a loss of desire without the loss of enjoyment.

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Nondepressive Anhedonia

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2014). Nondepressive Anhedonia. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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