Being Well Podcast: The Dark Side of Self-Help: Forced Positivity
July 13, 2020

This is a self-help podcast. And there’s a lot to like about self-help! But it has it’s issues as well. Today, we’re exploring one of them: toxic positivity and forced happiness.

Do self-help environments force us into inauthentic happiness and forced positivity? And how can we move away from the false front, and into more authentic expression? This is the first of a series of episodes dedicated to some of the self-help community’s pitfalls. 

This is a self-help podcast. And there’s a lot to like about self-help! But it has it’s issues as well. Today we’re exploring one of them: toxic positivity and forced happiness.

Key Topics:

  • 3:00: Rick’s personal experience inside the personal development world. 
  • 8:00: Things that tend to limit abuses of power. 
  • 10:00: The democratization of self-help, and related pitfalls. 
  • 18:00: Act, scared self, and true being. 
  • 21:00: Where does toxic positivity appear?
  • 26:00: The importance of authenticity.
  • 29:30: The false front. 
  • 32:30: Encouraging other people to be fully authentic. 

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