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The flip side of toxic positivity is emotional perfectionism

By Olga Mecking

09 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post provides some hot tips on how to battle the tendency of emotional perfectionism.

The term toxic positivity has gained popularity in recent years, referring to moments when people responded to others' struggles with surface-deep assurances and cliched phrases such as "Everything happens for a reason" or "Have you tried yoga?"

But there is a similar, if lesser-known, concept that is more inner-directed: emotional perfectionism.

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