Toxic Positivity?

Professor Jennie Hudson | Macquarie University

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/please-explain/august-2020/what-is-toxic-positivity

A healthy mind is a good balance between pessimism and optimism. If you are looking at things in a positive way all the time, you are not necessarily assessing threats realistically or bringing balanced thinking to a situation.

Somo examples of Toxic Positivity:

  • Socia Media: unrealistic depictions.
  • Ignore negative emotions
  • Saying things that aren’t true

Toxic positivity is seen when we keep saying “everything’s great!” even in the face of irrefutable evidence that everything is not great at all.

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