Interview with Dr. Mohsen Joshanloo: Exploring the cultural fear of happiness


  • Mohsen Joshanloo Department of Psychology, Keimyung University, South Korea


wellbeing, culture, fear of happiness, fragility of happiness, beliefs about happiness


In this volume of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, we explore the views, hopes, and current research agendas of those working to advance knowledge in the field of positive psychology within the MENA region, or who research aspects of culture and religion relevant to it. We uncover their thoughts on the current status of knowledge as well as what opportunities and pitfalls exist. Here, we discuss with Dr. Mohsen Joshanloo, his thoughts on where the field is heading, how it has matured over time, his work on Islamic culture and wellbeing, as well as what still needs uncovering in terms of regional research on these topics.

Author Biography

Mohsen Joshanloo, Department of Psychology, Keimyung University, South Korea

Dr. Mohsen Joshanloo is an assistant professor of psychology at Keimyung University, South Korea. He has completed his PhD in 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research is focused on mental well-being, culture, and personality. He has studied various aspects of mental well-being across a wide range of cultures. A list of his publications is available on his personal website:


Joshanloo, M. (2013). A comparison of western and Islamic conceptions of happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 185.

Joshanloo, M. (2014). Eastern conceptualizations of happiness: Fundamental differences with western views. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15, 475-493.

Joshanloo, M. (2016). Factor structure of subjective well-being in Iran. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98(4), 435-443.

Joshanloo, M. (2017). Mediators of the relationship between externality of happiness and subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 147–151.

Joshanloo, M. (2017). Islamic conceptions of well-being. In R. Estes & J. Sirgy (Eds.), The pursuit of human well-Being: The untold global history (pp. 109-131). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Joshanloo, M. (in press). Structural and discriminant validity of the tripartite model of mental well-being: Differential relationships with the Big Five traits. Journal of Mental Health.

Joshanloo, M. (in press). Factor structure and measurement invariance of the MHC-SF in United States. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

Joshanloo, M., & Bakhshi, A. (2016). The factor structure and measurement invariance of positive and negative affect: A study in Iran and the USA. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 32(4), 265-272.

Joshanloo, M., & Jovanović, V. (in press). The factor structure of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF) in Serbia: An evaluation using exploratory structural equation modeling. Journal of Mental Health.

Joshanloo, M., Park, Y. O., & Park, S. H. (2017). Optimism as the moderator of the relationship between fragility of happiness beliefs and experienced happiness. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 61-63.

Joshanloo, M., Rizwan, M., Khilji, I. A., Ferreira, M. C., Poon, W.-C. …Tsukamoto, S. (2016). Conceptions of happiness and life satisfaction: An exploratory study in 14 national groups. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 145-148.

Joshanloo, M., & Weijers, D. (2014). Aversion to happiness across cultures: A review of where and why people are averse to happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(3), 717–735.

Joshanloo, M., & Weijers, D. (2016). Religiosity moderates the relationship between income inequality and life satisfaction across the globe. Social Indicators Research, 128(2), 731-750.

Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Jiang, D.-Y., Han, G., Bae, J., Pang, J., … Natalia, A. (2015). Fragility of happiness beliefs across 15 national groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5), 1185-1210.




How to Cite

Joshanloo, M. (2017). Interview with Dr. Mohsen Joshanloo: Exploring the cultural fear of happiness. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 28–31. Retrieved from



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