When Positive Thinking Causes Unnecessary Stress

Apr 6, 2010

According to behavior blog Psychology Today, the culture of positive thinking creates a lot of undue stress by making us think that every negative situation must be turned into a positive situation. Avoiding "good" and "bad" labels eliminates this stress.

Author and professor Srikumar Rao uses the adage, "when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade," to illustrate his point. It implies that the lemon is a bad thing, but how was it labeled as a bad thing to start with? Most people assign "good" and "bad" labels to things in their lives—and tend to use the "bad" label three to ten times more often than the "good" label. When the "bad" label is assigned, people often feel the need to turn it into a positive situation. This event creates unnecessary stress by creating a need or expectation to remedy it, according to Rao. Sometimes you can't make lemonade, or anything positive, out of a bad situation. Pressuring yourself to do so only exacerbates the situation.

He also argues that people who flourish over the worst circumstances are often the people who never label or lament over their circumstances. To them, it's just the way life is and simply another piece in the puzzle.

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(When Positive Thinking Is Bad For You - Psychology Today)

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Will Arnold » Apr 10, 2010 11:54am
This is my favorite article so far!

Bill Barnold » Apr 10, 2010 12:04pm
My Second Favorite Comment Ever!

Blake » Nov 30, -0001 12:00am
this is a test of the comeenting system

Blake » Nov 30, -0001 12:00am
Still testing article comments


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