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Why Toxic Positivity is Disturbing and Harmful

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June 22nd, 2022

By Aletheia Luna

Guest writer for Wake Up World

We’ve all come across those “high vibe” sparkly-toothed people before.

Perhaps we’ve gone through financial troubles, are suffering a bad relationship, have a sick loved one, or are feeling depressed.

We’ll then reach out for support to one of these love-and-light people and are met with a wall of positive statements like:

  • “Just focus on the positive!”
  • “Don’t be so negative!”
  • “Think happy thoughts!”
  • “You’ll get over it!”
  • “Stay positive!”
  • “All is love!”
  • “There’s always a silver lining!”

But these sayings, while supposedly wise and spiritual, don’t actually help us. Instead, they fill us with rage and nausea – we have the sudden urge to leave the room screaming!

Why do we feel this way, you might wonder?

The answer is that these statements are invalidating and they are a form of toxic positivity.

When we are in pain, we want to be seen, acknowledged, and validated. We don’t want to be dished out superficial advice.

One of the biggest traps on the spiritual journey is toxic positivity or the “good vibes only” fallacy. And if you keep coming across it on your path, whether within others or yourself, here’s how to handle it:

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