Welcome back to another episode of the Full Frontal Living podcast. Today, Lisa is diving deep into emotional bypassing also known as toxic positivity.
This is a common behavior that many of us engage in without even realizing it. In episode 247, Lisa will be exploring what emotional bypassing is and why it’s so important to recognize and address it in our lives.
It’s undeniable that the world is going through some incredibly challenging times. As someone who deeply feels the weight of these events, she understands firsthand the struggle of navigating such heavy emotions. In her own journey, she’s often found herself trying to escape the pain by getting lost in her thoughts, attempting to rationalize and understand it all. But the truth is, there are some things that we will never fully comprehend, like violence, hatred, and cruelty.
However, in times like these, it becomes even more crucial to lean into the foundational principles of emotional resiliency that she teaches. It’s about finding ways to support our emotional well-being, especially when we’re faced with such overwhelming circumstances. And this brings us to the heart of today’s discussion: emotional bypassing and toxic positivity.
I was inspired to explore this topic after coming across a thought-provoking post by The Holistic psychologist. She eloquently articulated the concept of emotional bypassing as a coping mechanism, particularly through toxic positivity.
Gratitude is a powerful tool that can help shift our perspective, and there’s a difference between using gratitude as a way to avoid or bypass our true emotions and being willing to sit with and experience those uncomfortable feelings.
Why do people resort to emotional bypassing?
It stems from being disassociated from our own emotions, because of the difficulty in sitting with the heavier, darker emotions that make us uncomfortable. And in a culture that glorifies chronic positivity and denies the existence of negative emotions, it’s easy to see why bypassing becomes a prevalent coping mechanism.
Throughout this episode, Lisa explores the signs of emotional bypassing and its impact on ourselves and our relationships. She approaches this discussion with curiosity, kindness, and compassion, recognizing that we’ve all been guilty of emotional bypassing at some point in our lives. It’s time to shift the focus from judgment to understanding as we delve deeper into the journey of emotional resilience.
Episode 244: How To Become More Resilient And Find True Strength
Episode 131: No Emotion Is Negative
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