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Toxic Positivity


What is Toxic Positivity?

We define toxic positivity as the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience.

Just like anything done in excess, when positivity is used to cover up or silence the human experience, it becomes toxic. By disallowing the existence of certain feelings, we fall into a state of denial and repressed emotions. The truth is, humans are flawed. We get jealous, angry, resentful, and greedy. Sometimes life can just flat out suck. By pretending that we are “positive vibes all day,” we deny the validity of a genuine human experience.   Continue reading from The Psychology Group

From Our Collection 

Link to Bouncing Back by Graham in the catalog
Link to Resilience by Eric Greitens in the catalog
Link to If you feel too much by Jamie Tworkowski in the catalog
Link to good morning monster by Gildiner in the catalog
Link to Messy by Tim Harford in the catalog
Link to HBR on mental toughness in the catalog
Link to Impossible to Please by Lavender in the catalog
Link to Emotional Agility by David in the catalog
Link to the gift of adversity by Rosenthal in the catalog
Link to Option b by Sandberg in the catalog
perfectly hidden depression by Margaret Robinson Rutherford in Hoopla
Link to Mindful Discipline by Shapiro in the catalog
Link to unbox your life by Beck in the catalog
Link to happiness is a serious problem by Prager in the catalog