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Toxic Positivity: Why Being Positive Could Be Bad Sometimes

That is toxic positivity. While I’m a big supporter of positive psychology – and we all know the many benefits of positivity and optimism – there are times when these traits are not only unhelpful but can be destructive and harmful.Positivity is not positive when it denies, invalidates, or minimizes authentic human emotions.

Optimism is not helpful when it makes people feel shame, guilt, or invalidated for feeling a certain way. Hope is not useful when it does not allow for the natural rise and fall of emotions or when it ignores the gravity of a situation.

Stoicism is not brave or courageous when it forces you to stuff down your real, true emotions and be inauthentic and incongruent with what you really feel.

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