Happy Monday with Dr. Krissy 🧠
“No more TOXIC POSITIVITY”
Toxic positivity is the belief that no matter how difficult a situation is … people should keep a positive mindset. It is the “good vibes only” approach.
While there are benefits to thinking positive there are also drawbacks to avoid dealing with difficult situations.
Toxic positivity denies us the ability to face challenging emotions that can ultimately lead to growth and deeper insight.
There are parts of our brain that process emotion and other parts that help us think through solutions and responses. These brain areas influence each other.
👉🏽Without using them both we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn how to adapt to difficult situations in the future.
So feel those emotions, undersatand what they mean and learn how to cope through the reality.
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Here are a few ideas on how to escape the toxic positivity trap.
- Acknowledge how you feel. If something doesn’t feel right, allow yourself to acknowledge and feel it
- Watch your words. Watch your language with others and also with yourself.
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Wow! Steps to healing begin with facing reality, acknowledging the pain. Thankful for this video and post. Blessings!
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Forever grateful for the knowledge. We learn everyday. Hugs 🤗
This is so difficult. To acknowledge pain is painful! 😏😒 to avoid it, not think about it if there is no solution in your own hands is easier.
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Response from Dr. Krissy:
You are absolute right. Some things are out of our control. It can be counterproductive to ruminate about other peoples’ role in an issue or a situation that is beyond our control. We can however process our own emotions, how we feel about what has transpired and how we can grow from the difficult situation. Thinking about what has been learned and how that learning can be apply again can be beneficial.
It’s analogue to treating a cut despite the discomfort, as opposed to ignoring it and running the risk of an infection and possibly bigger problem along the way. Sometimes processing pain requires help and support and that’s okay too.