In a world that often seems relentless and challenging, the mantra of “always be positive” has become a resounding echo in our ears. We’re bombarded with motivational quotes and social media posts exhorting us to “look on the bright side” and “stay positive.” Positivity, in and of itself, is a valuable trait, but when taken to extremes, it can morph into something insidious known as “toxic positivity.” In this blog, we’ll dive deep into what toxic positivity is, how it manifests, and why it’s essential to strike a balance between embracing positivity and acknowledging our authentic emotions.
Toxic positivity is the excessive and often unhealthy promotion of positivity to the detriment of authentic emotional expression. It’s the notion that no matter how dire or painful a situation may be, one must maintain a positive mindset at all costs. While the intention behind promoting positivity is usually well-meaning, toxic positivity invalidates and suppresses genuine feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, or pain. It sends a message that these emotions are unacceptable or unworthy of acknowledgment.