Positive psychology came at a time where we pathologized human existence. It was an important change and movement. Infusing therapy with positivity and hope is likewise essential for managing problematic moods and harmful worldviews.
But there's an important reflection to be had if we've become too positive focussed?
Shaming ourselves whenever we're not feeling bright and shiny.
Not allowing ourselves our dark emotions, burying them, only to become insufferable to others while suffering in silence.
Denying our pain, deflecting, lying, manipulating or hiding to avoid that which may not seem wholly positive, hurting others along the way.
Life is complex and so is the human brain.
Part of living a healthy and happy life is daring to lean into and be with all our emotions and not numb or avoid those we deem less worthy or wholesome.
We must learn to see and sit with ambiguity, polarity, nuances and our darkness as well as remembering to celebrate our light.
This skill is what makes us truly human.
Your life, your choice!
This is a daily, micro-blog, taking less than 2 minutes to read, offering you insights into how presumptions, beliefs and stories shape our lives and worldview, for better or worse.