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Toxic Positivity - Brinkmann, Svend

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Toxic Positivity: How Positivity Can Be Bad for Us and What to Do About It

Introduction

In our culture, we are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us to be positive. We are told that we should always look on the bright side of things, that we should never give up, and that we should always be happy. But what if this constant pursuit of positivity is actually doing more harm than good?

In his book, Toxic Positivity, Svend Brinkmann argues that our culture's obsession with positivity is actually making us more anxious, depressed, and stressed out. He argues that we need to stop trying to be positive all the time and instead allow ourselves to experience the full range of human emotions.

The Problem with Positivity

Brinkmann argues that there are several problems with our culture's obsession with positivity. First, it can lead to unrealistic expectations. When we are constantly told that we should be happy and successful, it can be easy to feel like we are not good enough if we don't meet those expectations. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

Second, positivity can be used to suppress negative emotions. When we are told that we should always be happy, it can be difficult to allow ourselves to feel sad, angry, or scared. This can lead to emotional repression, which can eventually lead to psychological problems.

Third, positivity can be used to justify harmful behavior. For example, some people use positivity to justify working long hours or sacrificing their personal lives for their jobs. This can lead to burnout and other health problems.

What to Do About It

Brinkmann argues that we need to stop trying to be positive all the time and instead allow ourselves to experience the full range of human emotions. He says that we need to learn to accept our negative emotions and to see them as an opportunity for growth.

Brinkmann also offers some practical tips for how to deal with toxic positivity. He suggests that we:

  • Be aware of the messages we are receiving about positivity.
  • Challenge unrealistic expectations.
  • Allow ourselves to feel negative emotions.
  • Seek support from others.
  • Take care of ourselves physically and mentally.

Conclusion

Toxic positivity is a real problem that can have a negative impact on our mental health. By understanding the problem and taking steps to address it, we can learn to live more balanced and fulfilling lives.

Call to Action

If you are struggling with toxic positivity, I encourage you to read Svend Brinkmann's book. It is a powerful and insightful book that will help you to understand the problem and to find ways to overcome it.