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Positive thinking and looking on the bright side have been packaged and sold as the cure to all our problems. From good vibes only bumper stickers to scroll after scroll of prettily-designed Instagram affirmations, to “Life is Good” T-shirts, and gurus promising you’re only one positive thought away from a good life, we’re constantly swallowing messages of positivity, hoping they’ll help us avoid difficult experiences and feelings.
If the key to a full life is positive thinking, then why are so many of us still miserable?
In Toxic Positivity, Whitney draws on her training as a therapist, her own personal experience with dismissive positivity, and scientific research to show the world how positivity has become both a weapon and a shield. This groundbreaking book explains how we use platitudes to shame ourselves and others into feeling like we have to be happy all the time and have it all together.
Whitney takes a hard look at how well-meaning statements can minimize or invalidate the experience of individuals and communities when used in the wrong context. Using a blend of real-life examples and research, the book will teach the reader how to support someone who is struggling, how to empower someone without dismissing their feelings, and how to use both positive and realistic thinking to promote their own wellness and the wellness of others.