Pep talks can irk a few. The pushing of hope may lead some to bury negativity until it bubbles up. Bubbly, smiley nods somewhat dismissing the challenges of the moment.
I was going to say I hate pep talks. But, assuredly, there is a time and place for that. However, there are times when pep talks don’t cut it and have an opposite effect. Believe it or not, positivity can at times be toxic. Personally, I rather be a sunny person. However, I do know and acknowledge when positivity is a bit too much. And, that’s not a great thing to be overheard saying.
Here’s how some view toxic positivity. It can consist of dismissing negative emotions and providing false reassurances rather than empathy. Emitting positivity is not necessarily meant to be mean-spirited or dismissive. It is often well-intentioned but can create a dynamic of feeling disconnected. It can feel inauthentic. But then again inauthenticity is embedded through the social fabric of our lives. Maybe instead of my sunny self, I’m just being a bit of a curmudgeon.