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Positive thinking may be overrated.
Wait — I don’t mean there is anything good about negativity.
Maybe a better way to say it is… Positivity can have its pitfalls.
I began this post as an attempt to understand why i sometimes find “positive thinking” posts off-putting. What i’m coming to realize is that what i’m really contrasting, rather than positive vs negative, is one mode of encouragement vs another.
What i will call Mode One is a sort of tough talk, one that says… “Stop making excuses! Don’t let obstacles get in your way.”
Whereas Mode Two is more like… “You have a lot to deal with. Take the time you need to process and recharge.”
I rarely hear Mode Two as excessively coddling, which, taken to a far enough degree, would be its own inherent pitfall, i suppose.
It seems i more often come across the tough talk mode…
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