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Toxic positivity : keeping it real in a world obsessed with being happy

Whitney Goodman (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
Print Book, English, 2022
TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [New York], 2022
Self-help publications
295 pages ; 21 cm
9780593418277, 0593418271
Introduction: 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
Final note: Reminders about being human
"A TarcherPerigee book."