Toxic Positivity: Definition, Examples, & How to Cope
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Signs You Might Be Toxically Positive”, “How to Deal With a Toxically Positive Person”, “How to Actually Validate Someone’s Negative Emotions”, added three new tips to “How to Avoid Toxic Positivity”. New material written by Heather Artushin, LISW-CP and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C
Reviewer: Trishanna Sookdeo, MD, MPH, FAAFP