Happiness is a choice? Have you heard of mental illness?
Mental Health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

"Happiness is a choice."  It's a message that you probably come across fairly often.  While it's probably meant to be motivational and positive most of the time, I think it's an idea that, if you start to poke at it a bit, has some fundamental flaws. The fallacy of happiness as a choice There's a… Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

Book cover: Bright-sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
Book Reviews

Book Review: Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich was recommended by a fellow writer on Medium.com who, like me, has chronic treatment-resistant depression. The book looks at how expectations of positive thinking, with no room for anything else, are actually harming our society.  The author doesn't use the term toxic positivity, but she's talking about the… Continue reading Book Review: Bright-Sided

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Mental Health

How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one.  Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? The essentials of positive psychology According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

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Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Is the Law of Attraction Real?

At one point I had come home from an extended stay in hospital, and because ECT had wiped out a chunk of memory, I discovered things in my house that I had no idea how they had gotten there.  One of those things I found was a book on the law of attraction. At first… Continue reading Is the Law of Attraction Real?