internal monologue

  • Why Distracting Yourself Is Better Than ‘Positive Thinking’

    Why Distracting Yourself Is Better Than ‘Positive Thinking’

    Toxic positivity has earned a lot of backlash recently. Of course, we shouldn’t berate ourselves with negative self-talk, and there’s value in encouraging ourselves when fearful (I routinely utter, “I have all the skills I need” like a dime-store Stuart Smalley before doing anything nerve-wracking), but there’s also value in actually experiencing our negative emotions…