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Toxic positive psychology

What is toxic positivity? It is a “pressure to stay upbeat no matter how dire one’s circumstance is”, which may prevent emotional coping by feeling otherwise natural emotions. Toxic positivity happens when people believe that negative thoughts about anything should be avoided. Even in response to events which normally would evoke sadness, such as loss […]

Success Bombing’ Is the Awkward Friendship Issue That No One Talks About

Success bombing is a symptom of some increasingly narcissistic cultures, and it’s having a negative impact on friendships. We’ve all got that one friend in our lives who constantly blows up our WhatsApp chat with endless stories about their own success (and, if you don’t, there’s every chance it’s you). From long missives about the […]

When Does Obsessive Daydreaming Become a Mental Illness?

People with maladaptive daydreaming disorder spend countless hours engrossed in vivid, complex daydreams—and many say they can’t stop, even though their elaborate fantasy life is destroying their reality. Andrea does it for three hours every day, rolling from side to side on her bed to music. It makes her feel “safe, warm, excited, happy, content […]

4 things you can do to cheer up, according to neuroscience

For everyone, there are times when a dark cloud just seems to be following you around. You may not even even know why. While we don’t mean to minimize the value of medication for those who experience this on a daily basis, UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb, author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse […]