Toxic Positivity Gaslighting Got Us Like 🙄
I made this meme deliberately non condition specific, because I know too well how often people are quick to wheel out this trope for every conceivable condition—when understanding and support are often the thing we need most from those around us.
Grieving a loved one? ….Time to get over it and focus on the good things in your life.
Mental health issues? …. You need to stop focusing on the negative, and think more positively.
Suffer from insomnia? … Try meditation, and think more positive thoughts before going to bed.
Isolated by your health condition? … At least it’s not x, y, or z (silver lining throw away quip).
Chronic Pain? … You’d feel better if you concentrated less on the pain and more on the positives.
PTSD or Trauma? … You’re too sensitive. You can’t change the past, so why don’t you focus on the good things in your life now? (Trivialisation).
I’m sure there are many more I haven’t thought of—so if you feel comfortable, please share the ways in which you’ve been gaslit by others in the comments
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