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How to recognize ‘toxic positivity’ 

There’s nothing wrong, and a lot right, with a positive attitude. But it can go too far if it denies real emotions.


Is there such thing as too much positivity?


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Maybe you've come across it at work, or at school, or even at home – someone encouraging...no, pushing you...to affect a positive attitude, at all costs. To celebrate, to energize, to turn that frown upside down, to get over your gloominess and be a happy warrior for the cause!


When too much positivity causes problems, it’s called toxic positivity.

So, what can we do to encourage a healthy outlook from family, friends, and co-workers, without affecting a cult-like, cheerleading environment that ignores what could be real problems to address and denies the honest thoughts and feelings of important people in our lives?

In the audio above, we discuss with Healing Pathways of Houston owner and licensed professional counselor Mallory Striesfeld.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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