Additionally, the second most common form of toxic positivity included commands. For instance, “Have faith” or “Don’t give up!”
But, by using symbolic images such as “warriors” or “lionesses,” commenters are suggesting that people with Invisible Chronic Conditions (ICCs) have complete control over their bodies and can prevent themselves from falling ill.
“This may instead come across as dismissive and distant,” Margo said.
So, while you may think that you are reassuring others with these seemingly positive comments, there are potential negative effects that could harm the original poster.
In fact, such language could even prevent people from coming to terms with their diagnosis or processing any grief-related emotions.
In turn, it is imperative for both posters and commenters to be aware of toxic positivity online and how this language could leave you feeling unheard.
Moreover, how to avoid perpetuating the phenomenon and take care of your own mental health in the face of it.
First, if you believe that you are being exposed to too much toxic positivity, it may be best to switch social media sites.
Some platforms have more content control guidelines, and there are also smaller group environments where interactions are more personal.
And if these options are not feasible for you, it may be helpful to refrain from scrolling and posting on social media until you have a chance to process your own emotions in a situation.
Finally, if you believe that you may be contributing to toxic positive culture, there are a few key steps you can take.