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Toxic positivity: viewing bad emotions as a failure

Toxic positivity: viewing bad emotions as a failure

Some view positivity as essential to coping with the crisis. They take the chance to slow down and reevaluate, feel grateful to still have a job while balancing school and family life.

But, this unrelenting optimism, known as toxic positivity, views negative emotions as a failure or weakness. Failing to acknowledge hardships can have a detrimental effect on our mental health.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 'Tragic optimism': The antidote to toxic positivity

Some who experience a traumatic event and have difficulty coping may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Encouraging people to be optimistic and grateful when going through tough times doesn't encourage growth beyond tragedy.

In contrast, others find trauma gives them new meaning in life. Instead of letting the negative feelings overwhelm us, we can make a daily effort to feel comfortable with negative emotions while noticing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Tragic optimism assumes there is hope and meaning to be found in life while also acknowledging the existence of loss, pain and suffering.

Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl first defined 'Tragic optimism' in 1985, and proponents maintain people can experience both the good and the bad and that we can grow from each.

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Tragic optimism acknowledges the pain and suffering of our circumstances, and at the same time, the ability to maintain hope.

Tragic optimism is to accept that suffering is part of life and realise that challenges provide us with a learning moment.

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A sense of optimism

What you need to maneuver through a world of uncertainty is a sense of optimism—an attitude characterized by hope and confidence in a positive future.

Optimistic attitudes are linked to a number of benefits, including better coping skills, lower stress and anxiety levels, better physical health, healthier relationships, and higher motivation and resilience when pursuing your goals.

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Mental resilience

Resilience is the ability to walk through bad experiences.

It generally means adapting well in the face of chronic or acute adversity.

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Resilience During A Global Crisis
  • Resilience is the ability to handle and recover from stressful situations and crises. It is not simply coping up with adversity, but to experience growth and flowering, finding meaning and purpose, experiencing self-awareness and tasting life in all its flavours.
  • The ongoing pandemic has now made the knowledge of ‘resilience’ required reading. Adversity can strike anytime to anyone, and most of us have experienced anxiety, worry, disappointment, shame, grief, frustration, or sadness.

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