Miserable People by James T. Berry, Ph.D.
Have you spent time around a miserable person lately? It’s not too much fun for me. I suppose that if I
were a miserable person myself, I might enjoy the company of another miserable person. I am not
talking about the normal misery, suffering, or disillusionment that all of us feel and face periodically in
life. I am talking about people who seem bent on being chronically miserable no matter the
circumstances. I remember being amazed as I worked in a warehouse with co-workers who searched
for the black linings in their silver clouds. There was no pleasing them because they seemed addicted to
doom, complaints, and negativity.
I will attempt to identify the three foundations of misery; identify several ways to cope with miserable
persons in one’s life; and offer a few suggestions in case you happen to be a miserable person yourself.
The first foundation of be