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Be a "tragic optimist", because a false smile on your lips will not help you - Ž

Be a “tragic optimist”, because a false smile on your lips will not help you – Ž

Over the past year, a pandemic has changed terrible and continues to change our lives. For some of us, a positive attitude has become an integral part of the process of dealing with the situations it has brought us this time. Suddenly we have a chance to slow down, re-prioritize, or express gratitude for what we have. All of this belongs to the positive outlook of the epidemic.

Staying optimistic in every situation and constantly expressing gratitude can only lead to so-called toxic positivity. She considers negative emotions a weakness and a failure, which can be a pity Impact on our mental health. If we keep lying, “How good are we”, it will not help us get rid of sadness, fear, or anxiety, Research from 2008. Suppressing negative emotions can be the opposite Make our condition worse.

But there is another way to deal with life’s annoyances – the so-called. Tragic optimism. It is based on the premise that it is possible to find hope and meaning in life while not forgetting the existence of pain or suffering. This way of thinking about life was first identified in 1985 by the Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl, who himself survived the Holocaust. Proponents of tragic optimism argue that there is room to experience good and bad. Both can help us grow.

At the start of the lockdown in the UK last spring, Jessica Meade, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, sought to gauge changes in population well-being. The level of well-being has naturally decreased as a result of the epidemic, but Mead and her colleagues found research participants who showed the effects of the epidemic Thanks to tragic optimism more effectively Have settled down. Participants assessed their agreement with statements such as: “I learned how to face and adapt to all that life holds for me” and “I accept what I cannot change.” Those who agreed more with the statements were found to show signs of tragic optimism. According to the research, people who realize that life comes with difficulties – and are ready for them – may cope better with lockdown.

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From stress to growth

However, it depends not only on how we deal with the epidemic and other difficult life circumstances at a given moment, but also on what kind of situations we will get out of and what we will take from them in the future. Some people who experience a traumatic event have difficulty managing it and may develop PTSD. This may be the case for many people addicted to so-called toxic positivity. While the positivity can be just the right amount BenefitsWhen taken to the extreme, it can make people feel guilty, ashamed, or as a result, people can. Deny your true feelings. On the one hand, trauma, on the other hand, opens some people’s eyes and altered perspective leads to what is called Post-traumatic growth. Tragic optimism eases the way to it.

Paul Wong, a psychologist and professor at Trent University in Ontario, says the path to this transformation may be uncomfortable now because life isn’t easy right now. “It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to feel bad, it’s okay to feel anxious. Welcome to the mortals club.” However, we should not be overwhelmed by these negative emotions, nor should we ignore them completely as we can with toxic positivity. Acceptance of unpleasant life situations can help us grow. So while it may be tempting – just to smile and bear it – a slightly less comfortable journey by a tragic optimist can actually help us see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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