So what is toxic positivity? It is the belief that no matter what the situation is, you should keep a positive mindset. It is a dysfunctional approach to managing your emotions. It involves dismissing any negative feelings you have by giving yourself false reassurance as opposed to giving yourself empathy. Many people do this because they are uncomfortable with negative emotions and are not sure how to handle them.
It can be pretending you are happy when you are not, avoiding negative feelings, forcing yourself to get over things when you aren’t ready, and so much more. Here are some examples of toxic positivity and what you can say instead to avoid it: