A surprisingly philosophical film, The Disability Paradox – the latest in the BBC’s True North series on life in Northern Ireland – was concerned with happiness. What exactly is it and how do we achieve it? The film-maker and subject of the documentary, 38-year-old Chris Lynch, felt he had never experienced it in its pure form, largely due to living with osteogenesis imperfecta, better known as “brittle bone disease”.
The disability paradox is a psychologists’ term to describe the contradiction that while disabled people often report a high quality of life, able-bodied people assume they are miserable or struggling because of their condition.
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