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Toxic positivity : keeping it real in a world obsessed with being happy / Whitney Goodman.

Goodman, Whitney, (author.).


"Every day, we're bombarded with pressure to be positive. From "good vibes only" and "life is good" memes, to endless advice, to "look on the bright side, "" we're constantly told that the key to happiness is silencing negativity wherever it crops up, in ourselves and in others. Even when faced with illness, loss, breakups, and other challenges, there's little space for talking about our real feelings-and processing them so that we can feel better and move forward. But if all this positivity is the answer, why are so many of us anxious, depressed, and burned out? In this refreshingly honest guide, sought-after therapist Whitney Goodman shares the latest research along with everyday examples and client stories that reveal how damaging toxic positivity is to ourselves and our relationships, and presents simple ways to experience and work through difficult emotions. The result is more authenticity, connection, and growth-and ultimately, a path to showing up as you truly are"-- Provided by publisher

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593418277
  • ISBN: 0593418271
  • Physical Description: 295 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : TarcherPerigee, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-294).
Formatted Contents Note:
You deserve more than just good vibes -- What is toxic positivity? -- Why positivity doesn't always work -- When positivity doesn't help -- Stop shaming yourself -- How to process an emotion -- How to complain effectively -- How to support someone -- Discrimination with a smile -- How to find fulfillment in a difficult world -- Reminders about being human.
Subject: Happiness.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Mental health.
Genre: Self-help publications.

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