I was recently quoted in this article from WorkLife. Image source, WorkLife.
Article by Cloey Callahan
Have you ever been upset by something at work and a colleague showered you with phrases like “everything happens for a reason” and “just be positive”? It’s not always comforting when we need validation.
Toxic positivity is the belief that people should maintain a positive mindset no matter how dire or difficult a situation.
“It’s when someone is feeling down, and people dive in to make them feel better and we cheer them out of it,” said Anne Moss Rogers, a mental health and suicide prevention speaker. “What that does is invalidates someone’s feelings to begin with.”
How can I identify toxic positivity at work?
Aside from the aforementioned phrases, toxic positivity at work might sound like “you’re bringing everyone down,” “you have an amazing job,” ……read more